The Gay Ole Opry is this Friday at 4:00 pm ET! Hen in the Foxhouse, Luisa Lopez, Amina Shareef Ali, and Juan & the Pines will be bringing you so many beautiful songs, I promise your heart will feel a little better after you listen to them sing.

To see the Opry—and so much more!—you can register for the summit at

The Queer Country Quarterly returns on Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00 pm ET! With Lilli Lewis, Mercy Bell and your faithful host, Karen & the Sorrows!

Watch here or on YouTube Live and we’ll also be streaming on the Karen & the Sorrows page on Facebook Live!

Please contribute if you can! Venmo @karenandthesorrows and your tips will help support the musicians.

And if you’re in Brooklyn, you can still order delivery from Branded! Or order cute Branded merch from wherever you are! Check out to support our favorite bar.

More about the musicians:

Mercy Bell
“Mercy Bell’s new self-titled album, released October 18, 2019, finds the queer Filipino-American singer and songwriter claiming her voice in a way that is personal and rapturous. A bicoastal upbringing in California and New England, followed by moves to New York and Arkansas before landing in East Nashville, give her a perspective on life that is broad, deep and uniquely American.” -Jeremy Darrow

Lilli Lewis
Lilli Lewis is an Americana soul artist, activist, and Label Manager and A&R Head of Louisiana Red Hot Records. Trained as opera singer and classical pianist, Lewis has been a composer, producer and performing artist for over two decades. After carving out space for herself as an African-American lesbian of size, Lewis is lending her voice to the music industry’s need to diversify its precepts about looks, sexuality and marketability. Lewis has composed in every tradition that inspires her, including soul, Americana, classical, folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, soul and R&B.

“If Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Odetta had had a baby, and that baby had had a baby, and that baby had had another baby… well that baby would probably be me,” she describes. Lewis has two recent critically acclaimed releases on Louisiana Red Hot Records, the 2018 solo piano album “The Henderson Sessions”, and 2019’s Lilli Lewis Project’s “We Belong”. Her highly anticipated third Louisiana Red Hot release “Americana” is due out on 12/4/2020.

Queer Country West Coast Sept 2016 Flyer

Queer Country West Coast returns to El Rio is San Francisco with our Fall Edition on October 21st. We’re pleased to feature Low Sky Echo, an Oakland-based indie Americana band comprised of veterans of the Bay Area music scene. Jackie Strano once fronted The Hail Marys and The Passengers, Hilary Reed produced Twang for several years, and Kevin and Kerry Stamps hail from Mobius Donut and The Passengers.

Addie and the Subtrax combine folk, blues and bluegrass to create a show that will have you clapping, swaying, and ruminating over their honest and exposed lyrics. Expect layered harmonies and tugs on your heart strings from songwriter Addie Liechty and her band of compatriots. Plus, your host Eli Conley is getting ready to go into the studio to record his second full-length album, and will have some musical treats to share with you!

Come celebrate My Gay Banjo’s amazing new album—and the final stop on their big tour! Doors at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7:00 pm. $8 (but no one turned away for lack of cash)

The line-up:

Small Talk
Brooklyn-based bluegrass, folk, indie-rock five piece. Stomping, clapping, yodeling all the way home.

Karen & the Sorrows
“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)

Saucy, sultry, harmonious twang.

My Gay Banjo
Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind.