April QCM this Saturday!

April Queer CountryMonthly_twitterHello dear cowpeople and happy spring! The Queer Country Monthly is coming up this Saturday, April 18th, and this will be the last one in our limited run (at least for now), so you don’t want to miss it!

Also, you don’t want to miss it because we have a super-special line-up: Eli Conley is here on tour, plus DK & the Joy Machine with dulcimer amazingness, AJ Lewis & Friends with banjo amazingness, and your faithful host Karen & The Sorrows have some new songs to share with you. So come join us down at Branded Saloon!

WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 8:00 pm (This month the Sorrows are on last, so remember to take your disco nap so you can stay up late with us!)
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 but no one ever turned away for lack of funds
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/433835840109652/

Branded has a wheelchair accessible entrance and bathroom. Also, there is always a bucket of free candy. In case you like free candy.

Read more about the bands below and hope you can join at Branded Saloon!

xoxo,
karen

Eli Conley (www.eliconley.com)

Eli Conley is a San Francisco Bay Area-based indie folk artist Eli Conley has a voice that shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in Americana music and the singer-songwriter tradition, Eli crafts modern day folk songs for misfits from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. Eli will be accompanied by co-conspirator Joel Price on mandolin, fiddle and harmonies.

DK & the Joy Machine (www.dkandthejoymachine.com)

DK & the Joy Machine’s new album, Shy One, out on March 22nd, has been described as “intense, colorful and diverse. A novel of sorts. Dark, light, humorous and humble.” Her “quirky and smart” songs celebrate all the crucial things in life: unrequited love, falling in love with feral cats, and treating yourself with kindness. Known for her sultry, expressive voice, well crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work on mountain dulcimer—plucking, strumming, bowing and “rocking out” on this trad instrument—DK’s music is at turns evocative, moving, playful, fun, and always genuine.

AJ Lewis & Friends

AJ’s old timey banjo set will highlight the usual themes of drugs, death, nonhuman animals, unusual kinship structures, and critiques of capitalism and happiness. Whimsical reflections on the queer genealogies of old time music are provided free of charge. For the first time, however, AJ intends to break from tradition and include a handful of countrified covers of notable women singer-songwriters of the 1990s. He invites you to sing along.

Karen & the Sorrows (www.karenandthesorrows.com)

The Names of Things, the debut album from Brooklyn queer country band Karen & the Sorrows, is full of “haunting pedal steel work and unvarnished heartbreak.” (Bust Magazine) Voted one of the FAR chart’s best debut albums of 2014, the record is “some of the best alt-country being made. Twang-drenched drown-your-sorrows music about bad relationships, abandoned lovers and endless heartbreak. In other words, pure country.” (Billings Gazette) New York Music Daily writes, “Country keeps evolving and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” And F**k Yeah, Queer Music says, “They write loss and heartbreak, and goddamn are they good at it.” The Sorrows are also hard at work hosting shows like the Queer Country Monthly and helping to build new queer country community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back.

Queer Country Monthly This Saturday!

March2015FierceBenefitHello again, everybody! Just a reminder that we have a fabulous Queer Country Monthly coming up this Saturday that you don’t wanna miss. We’ve teamed up with music blog Adobe & Teardrops for a special fundraiser. So come join The Paisley FieldsSmall Talk, and your host Karen & the Sorrows for a night of queer country in support of FIERCE. Adobe & Teardrops has also put together a great compilation CD to benefit FIERCE–check it out at adobeandteardrops.bandcamp.com. As usual, it’s $5 at the door, but if you donate $10 or more, we’ll give you a download code for the album too!

FIERCE builds the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. They are dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression. If you can’t come to the show, you can still support FIERCE with a donation at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/551356.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21st, 8:00 pm–The Sorrows are opening, so if you want to catch us, make sure to come at 8:00!
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 but no one ever turned away for lack of funds
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417227195239061

Branded Saloon has a wheelchair accessible entrance and bathroom. Also, there is always a bucket of free candy for people who like candy.

And save the date for the last QCM in our limited-run series: April 18th with Eli Conley and DK & the Joy Machine. Hope you can make it this Saturday!

xoxo,
karen

The Queer Country Monthly Returns!

Hello country music fans! The Queer Country Monthly is back for a limited run, starting on February 28th with Humble Tripe, Julia Read and your faithful host, Karen & the Sorrows. And save the dates for March 21st and April 18th! For more details and RSVP here.

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Big Gay Holiday Party on December 19th

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Hello everybody! We’ve been missing you!

Our friends Small Talk are putting on a Big Gay Country Holiday party at Littlefield on Friday, December 19th, and we can’t wait. Here’s the lineup:

8:00 Karen & the Sorrows
9:00 Kings
10:00 Julia Weldon
11:00 Small Talk

Doors are at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm sharp. Plus there’s gonna be a photo booth. And all kinds of drink specials. And a DJ for more dancing after the bands!

WHEN: Friday, December 19th, doors at 7:30, show at 8:00 sharp
WHERE: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St bet. 3rd and 4th Ave, Brooklyn
TRAINS: R to Union
COVER: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
RSVP: facebook.com/events/1501203886830462

And the Queer Country Monthly will be back for a limited run later this winter, so stay tuned for more info!

xoxo,
karen

New video from Karen & the Sorrows

Hello there, dear queer country friends! I promise haven’t forgotten about you. We’ve just been hard at work getting our brand new album, The Names of Things, out there. And making our first video! With lots of help from our queer country community, of course, as you can see…

When is the next Queer Country Monthly?

cowgirl loveHey there cowpeople. We’re going to take a little break from the Queer Country Monthly this winter while my band records our first full-length album. But we’ll have lots more queer country news for you soon. Make sure to join our mailing list for all the latest updates!

xoxo,
karen

December Queer Country Monthly This Saturday

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Dearest cowpeople, it’s time for the Queer Country Monthly! This Saturday we’ll be at our beloved Branded Saloon starting a little later than usual with doors at 9pm. Your faithful host Karen & the Sorrows will be taking the stage with some stellar acts this month: The Momos, Jean Marie and Rachel Easterly, and AJ Lewis.

The door is $5, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Also, there is always a bucket of free candy for people who like candy.

WHEN: Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 pm
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 (but no one ever turned away for lack of funds)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/740934755920017

Read on for more info about the bands and your hard-working queer country team below. Hope to see you all soon!

xoxo,
karen

Jean Marie was born and raised in the foggy climes of San Francisco but now calls Brooklyn her home. She makes quiet folk music in the tradition of Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.

Rachel Easterly was raised on somber/cutesy church songs in Ohio and now writes somber/cutesy songs in New York that she hopes pass the Bechdel test.

The MoMos hail from the swamps of your heart. Sometimes known as Franky and The MoMos, the MoMos like to drink whiskey and tell tall tales concerning crickets and birds. Their twangy garage music will have your feet a tappin’.

Brooklyn alt-country band Karen & the Sorrows play “soaring tributes to lost love and… gentle and charming ballads” (Neville Elder, No Depression). Their debut EP Ocean-Born Mary is a four-part ghost story of “allusive, attractive but distantly menacing songs… Country keeps evolving, and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” (New York Music Daily)

The Queer Country Monthly is brought to you by Riot Grrrl Ink, the largest queer record label in the world.

Humble Tripe Record Release Party

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This November is a very special Queer Country Monthly. We’re celebrating Humble Tripe’s Record Release Party!

A little more about the party and the record: In celebration of their upcoming release (out October 22nd), Humble Tripe returns to the QCM for a special full length performance of the album. With vocal performances simultaneously evoking that of Neil Young and Mazzy Star, Humble Tripe’s latest collection reflects a journey from delicate to dynamic, resting on the tender storytelling shoulders of front man Shawn Luby, all the while delivering a graceful offering: The Giving.

And for serious, queer country friends, I’ve heard the album and it’s AMAZING. You don’t want to miss this. Plus, the Sorrows and the super-talented Wiley Gaby will be opening. It’s gonna be a great night.

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 pm
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 (but no one ever turned away for lack of funds)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379379695620171/

Also, there is always a bucket of free candy for people who like candy.

Hope to see you all soon!

xoxo,
karen

More info:

Humble Tripe
Pushing the boundaries of Folk-Americana, Humble Tripe moves from songwriter to symphony, resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension and space on their upcoming sophomore album entitled, The Giving.

Your host, Karen & the Sorrows
Brooklyn alt-country band Karen & the Sorrows play “soaring tributes to lost love and… gentle and charming ballads” (Neville Elder, No Depression). Their debut EP Ocean-Born Mary is a four-part ghost story of “allusive, attractive but distantly menacing songs… Country keeps evolving, and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” (New York Music Daily)

Wiley Gaby
A small-town boy from the swamps of North Florida with a love for Dolly Parton and a fondness for bourbon + boys + buckwilderness.”After Gaby sang a cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing on My Own,’ which was indeed heartbreaking and desperate—and damn beautiful—all of the yearning and burning sentiment I’d tapped into with Morrissey was suddenly there in Prospect Heights. Except this wasn’t an emo Brit crooner, it was a Floridian transplant singing a Swedish pop song in Brooklyn.” – Gordon West, NEXT MAGAZINE

The Queer Country Monthly is brought to you by Riot Grrrl Ink, the largest queer record label in the world

September Queer Country Monthly

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The Queer Country Monthly is back from summer break! And we missed you! It’s time to head over to our beloved Branded Saloon and let your friendly neighborhood queers serenade you with some country music. Your faithful host Karen & the Sorrows will be playing along with the dulcimer-amazingness that is DK & the Joy Machine, the unicorn power of Justin Vahala, and a very special guest appearance from Steve D’Agostino.

We’re starting early this Saturday, with Steve taking the stage just a little after 8:00 and the Sorrows on at 8:30, DK at 9:15, and Justin at 10:00. So don’t come too late or you’ll miss it all!

WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 8:00 pm
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Bergen St, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 (but no one ever turned away for lack of funds)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/387286298041478/

One of the worst things about living in a city where there’s always so much going on is that sometimes things get double booked. If we weren’t playing country music for you on the 28th, we’d be out celebrating Third Root and 5 years of providing transformative healthcare! We’ll be donating a portion of the night’s door to support Third Root.

(And speaking of being double booked, of course after Third Root, we’d head over to Hey Queen…)

Read on for more info about the bands and your hard-working queer country team below. Hope to see you all soon! 

xoxo,
karen

The Queer Country Monthly is brought to you by Karen & the Sorrows and Riot Grrrl Ink.

Justin Vahala
Hailing from the bright lights of Dallas, Justin Vahala is a Brooklyn-based musician, songwriter, and performance artist. Justin’s unicorn folk is a blend of country, Americana, and Lilith Fair realness.

DK & the Joy Machine
A singer-songwriter known for innovative work on mountain dulcimer and for “rocking out” on this trad instrument, “DK” performs instrumentals, acoustic-punk and roots/Americana with complex arrangements and a highly innovative and percussive style on both acoustic and electric mountain dulcimer (the “Joy Machine”).

Karen & the Sorrows
Brooklyn alt-country band Karen & the Sorrows play “soaring tributes to lost love and… gentle and charming ballads” (Neville Elder, No Depression). Their debut EP Ocean-Born Mary is a four-part ghost story of “allusive, attractive but distantly menacing songs… Country keeps evolving, and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” (New York Music Daily)

Steve D’Agostino
Steve D’Agostino went to Hampshire College, a hotbed of counter cultural weirdness nestled in the woods of Western Mass. Talented banjo player, fiddler and guitarist, he performs in the folk punk band “The Wild” as well as experimental music group “ZEBU!”

May Queer Country Monthly

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