Born and raised in North Carolina, John Rodney rural queer with a story to tell about the southern queer experience. Using elements of outlaw country, bluegrass, and folk, his music encompasses the wide range of sounds that can be called country music. Whether he’s using humor to point out the absurdity of homophobia, laying bare the grim reality of violence toward the LGBTQ+ community, or the rejection felt by so many queer people raised in a conservative Christian culture, his music is nothing but honest. Inspired by artist such as Lavender Country, Townes Van Zandt, and the honky tonk heroes of old. His songs are expressions of queer love, joy, anger, and all the emotions that are felt through the journey of sexuality and gender.
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Donnie Lee Strickland
The undeniable Southern sound of Donnie Lee Strickland was born in North Carolina. Donnie was influenced by the music of George Strait, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, The Judds, and Reba McEntire, which inspired him to sing in church and perform in school plays and local festivals. Donnie has entertained crowds all over the United States with his rich baritone vocals, performing as a special guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, TN, along with Grand Ole Opry stars Jan Howard and Jean Shepard. Donnie was a nominee for the Fan Choice award at the 2018 ICMA Awards, and was awarded the 2017 WOBA Song of the Year for "She's My Kind of Woman", the 2017 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Artist of the Year, and the 2018 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Entertainer of the Year and 2019 JMA Modern Country Male Vocalist of the Year. Donnie has new music coming soon!