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Another Country on July 2nd

WHERE: Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, Brooklyn, New York 11217
WHEN: Sunday, July 2nd from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Click here for all the details!

What is country music? Who decides? Who is it for? And what does that have to do with this country?

On Sunday, July 2nd, we’re bringing together some of our favorite queer, trans, and/or poc musicians to ask these questions and share their music for an all-day, all-out extravaganza! There will be DJs and dancing, food trucks, special drinks, and a bake sale to benefit the Trans Justice Funding Project!

Let’s turn this fucked-up holiday inside out and make it into a day full of amazing music to nourish us, inspire our resistance, and help us envision together what another country could be.

Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale* for the day-long festival. Please pay what you can to support our musicians! Any profits from the day, after all the musicians get paid, will also be donated to TJFP.

Performers:

Our fabulous host, Heather María Ács
heatheracs.com

My Gay Banjo
mygaybanjo.com

Cactus Rose
kandiacrazyhorse.com

Karen & the Sorrows
karenandthesorrows.com

Ganessa James
ganessajames.com

Viva
vivadeconcini.com

Elias Krell with special guest Jim Altieri
eliaskrell.com

The Paisley Fields
thepaisleyfields.com

Johnell Lawrence
thedapperviolist.com

DK & the Joy Machine
dkandthejoymachine.com

Lindsey Wilson & Michael Buckley
soundcloud.com/linzsounds

Nath Ann Carrera

Yva Las Vegass

AJ Lewis & Friends

Audrey Zee Whitesides

PLUS Nath Ann Carrera will be on double duty as our DJ, spinning sweet country tunes

Photographs by the incomparable Syd London

Trans Justice Funding Project
www.transjusticefundingproject.org
TJFP is a community-led funding initiative that supports grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. TJFP centers the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
—James Baldwin, Another Country

*If you’d like to come but this is not possible for you, please email me and we will get you in. No one ever turned away for lack of cash!

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Gay Ole Opry Southern Tour

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The Gay Ole Opry is hitting the road with The Paisley Fields and Karen & the Sorrows for a Southern tour! More about the shows:

Saturday, 4/23: Harrisonburg, VA
Sunday, 4/24: Durham, NC
Monday, 4/25 Asheville, NC
Tuesday, 4/26 Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, 4/27 Nashville, TN
Thursday, 4/28 Lexington, KY
Friday, 4/29 Johnson City, TN
Saturday, 4/30 Charlottesville, VA

New article in i-D!

Photo_by_Stef_Mitchell_iD_10.22.15There is a big article about our Brooklyn queer country scene in i-D! Read it here!

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…

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

The Dolly Parton Raffle is Almost Here!

I swear I didn’t plan to do an all-Dolly-Parton raffle again this year. It’s just that everything good in the world turns out to have a Dolly Parton theme.

Prize #1: Dolly Doll

1. This is not just any Dolly Parton doll. This is an official Dolly Parton doll. Clearly, you NEED this.

Prize #2: Dolly’s Dream

    

2. There is a lot going on in this “Dolly’s Dream” poster, so you might want to read up a little on your Dolly history to understand it all. That’s why this prize also includes a copy of Dolly’s memoir, My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

Prize #3: Dolly Picks 

Just playing along with some great Dolly records is for amateurs. Though these two albums, Here You Come Again and Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca are a good start. But real Dolly fans only use Dolly picks.

Prize #4: Dolly/Mustache Trilogy

Build your Dolly film collection with the Great Mustache Trilogy: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Burt Reynolds mustache), 9 to 5 (Dabney Coleman mustache), and Steel Magnolias (Tom Skerritt mustache).

Prize #5:

Dolly shares all her cooking secrets with you in Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s. Of course, you will also need this red gingham heart-shaped apron to go with it. Because obviously Dolly would not approve of you cooking her mother’s recipe for Banana Pudding in just anything.

The Gay Ole Opry is Coming!

The Opry returns! With so much awesomeness you won’t know what to do with it all! Starting at 8:00 pm sharp, there will be music from Wiley Gaby, Karen & the Sorrows, Lindsey Wilson, Nath Ann Carrera, Julia Read, and, of course, the Opry’s own Bryn Kelly, our host for the evening. Plus, a bakesale to benefit the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Plus, the second annual Dolly Parton raffle. Plus, Susanna from Big Apple Ranch will give us all a two-stepping lesson and then DJ Andrew will make sure we two-step the night away! And Syd London will be there to get it all on camera, so you know you’ll want to look your best.

AND we’re working on a special queer country community story-telling project that we’re gonna need your help with, so get ready. More details coming soon.

We’re also the opening night of the four-day Americana Pie Festival, so if you’ve been longing for more Brooklyn country music, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.

WHEN: Friday, October 5th, doors at 7:00, show starts at 8:00pm sharp!
WHERE: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St bet 3rd & 4th Ave., Brooklyn (directions)
DOOR: $10
ADVANCE TICKETS: tinyurl.com/gayoleopry3tickets

The Opry is brought to you by Brooklyn Country and your co-producers Karen & the Sorrows and Riot Grrrl Ink, the largest queer record label in the world.