Queer Country at Americanafest 2023

Rachel Cholst
September 13, 2023
Rainbow Rodeo

Americana has been more or less defined as country and roots music’s island of misfit toys — including queer country artists. But in the past decade, as I wrote for The Boot, Americana the genre has become a commercial juggernaut, thanks in no small part to the Americana Music Association. Every September, Americanafest descends onto Nashville, highlighting the genre’s talent and diversity. While Americanafest still has some ways to go this year’s festival, from September 19 – 23, has one of the most robust lineups of LGBTQ+ artists to date.

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Color Me Country

Hosted by Rissi Palmer, Color Me Country brings to the forefront the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music that for too long have lived outside the spotlight and off mainstream airwaves.


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Queerfolk Artists Nashville

LGBTQ+ artists | Nashville | Queerfolk shows 2021/2022


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Gay Ole Opry

Why queer country music? Because sometimes you love a culture that doesn’t love you back. And when everyone came to the first Gay Ole Opry in April of 2011 in all their country finery, we knew we weren’t alone. We do it because we love the music and want to build a community to support queer country musicians.

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