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Horse Opera
Band Members |
Will George
He/Him
BIPOC false
British Columbia, Canada
Cosmic-Country
Americana
Rockabilly
Singer-Songwriter

Horse Opera is a Vancouver outlaw country band which blends country and Canadiana, a bit of blues, a dash of soul, a heaping portion of 80's-inspired power-pop, all wrapped up in rock and roll.

Girls on Grass
Band Members |
Barbara Endes, Nancy Polstein, Dave Mandl
BIPOC false
New York, United States
Americana
Singer-Songwriter
Rockabilly
Cosmic-Country

Twangy punks with anti-capitalist edge. Barbara also plays guitar with Karen & the Sorrows.

Cryan
Band Members |
Ryan Fitzsimmons, Ciara King
BIPOC false
Belfast,Ireland.
Pop-Country
Americana
Cosmic-Country
Classic-Country

We are two friends, Ciara and Ryan from Belfast, Ireland making sad Country Doo-Whop with a Queer Narrative. As a two piece we make heartfelt, unpolished and truthful music together as live as possible and with minimal overdubs. Outside of this project Ciara is in Feminist QueerPunk band "Problem Patterns" and Ryan runs Fist City, a queer Country show out of the 343 which is a feminist led Queer Arts space in Belfast.

Jessye DeSilva
Band Members |
they / them
BIPOC false
Massachusetts, United States
Singer-Songwriter
Americana
Indie-Folk

Jessye DeSilva’s (they/them/theirs) brand of indie folk music centers around a philosophy of radical openness and specificity in storytelling. They believe in the idea that empathy is an artist’s greatest tool in nurturing a sense of community with their listeners. Armed with a piano and a voice which is both fierce and fragile, Jessye “... evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses” (Jason Scott, B-Sides and Badlands). Their upcoming EP Hover deals with the dilemma of remaining emotionally present through mental health struggles, grief, and political unrest all while showcasing Jessye's trademark confessional lyrics and a sound which is both ethereal and firmly rooted in Americana.

Emét
Band Members |
Emmét McGonagle
he / him
BIPOC false
Derry, N Ireland
Indie-Folk
Singer-Songwriter
Folk

Emét is an Irish alt-folk musician with influences ranging from Leonard Cohen to Phoebe Bridgers and Hozier. The Derry native’s debut EP, Cheers and All the Best, was released in March 2021.

King Margo
Band Members |
Rachel Coats, Lucciana Costa
BIPOC false
Tennessee, United States
Indie-Folk
Americana

Sarcastic folk/rock. Anagrams of tacos.

Hayden Joseph
Band Members |
He / Him
BIPOC false
TN, USA
Pop-Country
Classic-Country
Singer-Songwriter

A South Carolina native, Hayden Joseph is no stranger to the Country Music scene. His love for the genre started as soon as he could talk and has continued to blossom throughout his adult life. Hayden blends the sounds of Modern Country and Mainstream Pop music, drawing inspiration from the genre-bending melodies of Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain. His unique sound, heartfelt lyrics, and Southern Charm have captivated audiences across the country. As an openly gay male pursuing a Country Music career, he prides himself in the inclusive nature of his lyrics. “The songs I write are rooted in personal experiences, but I challenge myself to write lyrics that are applicable to many walks of life.” Hayden strives to continue breaking industry barriers, both in terms of the music he makes, and the places from which he finds inspiration. His debut single, “Different,” was released in October 2019, with an album of the same name following in 2021.

SONiA disappear fear
Band Members |
Sonia Rutstein
she / her
BIPOC false
Maryland, United States
Singer-Songwriter
Indie-Folk
Folk
Americana

One of the world's most successful LGBT singer-songwriters, SONiA disappear fear (Sonia Rutstein) is loved for her beautiful voice and songs that illuminate truth passionately delivered. Born in Baltimore and cruising relentlessly across the USA in the early 90s, SONiA has grown to be loved around the world. To hear her is to believe her.

Karen and the Sorrows
Band Members |
She / Her / Hers
BIPOC false
New York, United States
Classic-Country
Singer-Songwriter
Americana

Queer country trailblazers Karen & the Sorrows have been featured in Billboard, WNYC’s The Takeaway, and Rolling Stone, who described them as “Dolly Parton fronting Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers.” Noisey called the band “exactly what country music needs right now.”

Jake Blount
Band Members |
BIPOC true
Rhode Island, United States
Americana
Bluegrass

Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 Strathmore Artist in Residence and a board member of Bluegrass Pride. He is a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Although he is proficient in multiple performance styles, he specializes in the music of Black and indigenous communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work.