It’s time for the November Queer Country Monthly! Sorry to be getting you all the details so late this month, my dear cowpeople. This one will be a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief.*

So come on down to the Branded Saloon on Saturday, November 17th and hear some great music! With Rachel Easterly (somber ex-Methodist acoustic), the Tara Lynne Band (Crosby Stills and Nash meets The B-52’s) and special guests from Tivoli, NY, Pocatello (saucy, sultry, harmonious twang).

We start at 8:00 and the door is a $5 donation, but no one ever turned away for lack of funds.Read on for more info about the bands and your hard-working queer country team below. Hope to see you all soon!


*I’m thinking to North Star’s Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund ( so that it’s accessible to grassroots groups around the tri-state area without us focusing on one particular spot. And so that it goes to support groups fighting structural inequality all the time, not just right now. But email me if you feel differently. We could also give it directly to a local group or to Occupy Sandy.

More info:

Gay Ole Opry & Queer Country Monthly

Your host, Karen & the Sorrows

The Queer Country Monthly is brought to you by Riot Grrrl Ink

And the kind folks at Brooklyn Country

Tara Lynne Band


Rachel Easterly

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 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

The Opry is brought to you by Brooklyn Country and your co-producers Karen & the Sorrows and Riot Grrrl Ink.

Hello my dear cowpeople! I hope you’ve been having a lovely summer. What are you doing this Saturday, September 8th? Would you like to come and listen to some music down at the Branded Saloon? I hope so, because we are starting the season off with some amazing country virtuosos at the September QCM. We’ve got fiery bluegrass fiddling from Melody Allegra Berger, beautiful dulcimer tunes (finally! how have we made it this far without some dulcimer?) from DK and the Joy Machine, and some gorgeous country crooning from Jerilyn Sawyer. Not to mention the smiling faces of your queer country friends who missed you all August. And a big bucket of candy at the door for people who like candy.

WHEN: Saturday, September 8th, doors at 8:00 pm
WHERE: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Bergen Street, Brooklyn
DOOR: $5 (but no one ever turned away for lack of funds)

Also don’t forget! The Gay Ole Opry is coming up so soon! On October 5th! At Littlefield in Brooklyn! Lots more details coming soon! (