Queer Country Musicians

Here is a list of all the amazing musicians and bands that have played at the Queer Country Quarterly, Queer Country West Coast, and the Gay Ole Opry since we started in April of 2011! Plus a running list we’ve been keeping of other queer country artists.

Queer Country Quarterly & Gay Ole Opry co-founder and host:
Karen & the Sorrows

Queer Country West Coast host:
Eli Conley

Long-time Opry Regulars and Queer Country Organizers:
Elana Elías
Paisley Fields
The Secret Emchy Society
My Gay Banjo
Wiley Gaby & Goldenchild


Everyone who has played at the Queer Country Quarterly, Queer Country West Coast, and the Gay Ole Opry, from 2011 to now:

Addie and the Subtrax
Rahne Alexander
Amy Andrews
Annah Anti-Palindrome
Melody Allegra Berger
Mercy Bell
Taylor Black
Blue Tailed Skinks
Nadia Bourne
So Brown
Mya Byrne
Nath Ann Carerra
Julie Cira
Chenda Cope
Steve D’Agostino
DK and the Joy Machine
Dolly Trolly
Rachel Easterly
Girls on Grass
Catherine The Great
Glass Anchors
Sam Gleaves
Shane Fairchild of The Goat and the Feather
Matthew Goldman
Good Fences
Good Solider
Debra Guy (of Help Me Helen)
Justin Hiltner
Nadine Hubbs
Tyler Hughes
Humble Tripe
Indiana Queen
Ganessa James
Lilli Jean
Amythyst Kiah
Jean Marie
Juan and the Pines
Bryn Kelly (we miss you, Bryn)
Yva Las Vegass
Lavender Country
AJ Lewis
Luisa Lopez
The Low & the Lonesome
Low Sky Echo
Joshua Marcus
Mawk Chunk
Militia Etheridge
Molasses Gospel
Franky and the Momos
Mount Moriah
Nervous But Excited
The P’s & Q’s
Mo Pepin
Julia Read
Brandon Rivard
Red Rose & the Tea Bags
Andrew Sa
Jerilyn Sawyer
The Skipperdees

Small Talk
Mery Steel
Sugar in the Salt
Pistol Pete Sturman
Tara Lynne Band
Tina and Her Pony
Traveling Millies
Justin Vahala
Jem Violet
The Western Skyline
Lindsey Wilson
Maddie Witler

Plus, a screening of Meredith Heil ‘s documentary Whistling Dixie


A running list of past and present queer country trail blazers who haven’t come to play for us (at least not yet!), but have identified as queer country in one way or another over the years:

Tommy Atkins
Heather Batchelor
Courtney Barnett
Jake Blount
Ryan Cassata
Chastity Brown
Edie Carey
Brandi Carlile
Che Apalache
Brandy Clark
Kris Delmhorst
The Deadly Nightshade
Doug Stevens and the Outband
Jen Foster
Kristen Ford
Freddy Freeman
Mary Gauthier
Billy Gilman
Harper Grae
Steve Grand
Sami Grisafe
Kristen Hall
Jaimee Harris
Blake Haney
Hank Pine & Lily Fawn
Cameron Hawthorn
Chris Housman
Ty Herndon
Emily Herring
John Howie, Jr.
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Angie Keilhauer
k.d. lang
Sonia Leigh
Lilli Lewis
Little Bandit
Laura Love and Jo Miller
Michelle Malone
Becca Mancari
Trixie Mattel
Shane McAnally
Glen Meadmore
Muddy Roses
Orville Peck
Polythene Pam
Gretchen Phillips
Erin Rae
Amy Ray
Brody Ray
Reel World String Band
Rhubarb Whiskey
Deena Kaye Rose
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Sid Spencer
Rae Spoon
Brandon Stansell
Molly Stevens
Jared Tyler
Two Nice Girls
Shawna Virago
Mark Weigle
Chely Wright
Jaime Wyatt
Lil Nas X

Queer Music Heritage’s series on Gay Country Music, Part 1 and Part 2 is an amazing resource as well as a separate show on homophobia in country music, and a follow-up show in 2013.

Check out Country Queer, a queer country magazine and podcast!

And these films:
Dominant Chord
These C*cksucking Tears
—a documentary about Lavender Country