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Secret Emchy Society
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She / Her
BIPOC false
California, United States
Classic-Country
Rockabilly
Americana
Singer-Songwriter

Secret Emchy Society is an Oakland-based band making big voiced, big hearted country music that pulls heavily on classic and the California / Bakersfield sound while still having an inclusive and rowdy style that’s all their own. Named by TheBoot.com as one of the Ten Queer Country Bands for Real Country Music Fans to Listen To, a triple nominee for Best Live Band by the Bay Area Reporter, and lauded by the Atlanta Auditory Association as having one of the 50 best albums of 2017 and 2018 - Secret Emchy Society is a truly raw, honest, and authentic listening experience not to be missed.

Hardened and Tempered
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Kristin Davidson, Carolyn Phillips
BIPOC false
Texas, United States
Folk
Traditional
Bluegrass

Hard enough to hold an edge; soft enough not to break. Austin, Texas duo Kristin Davidson and Carolyn Phillips live that balance and express it in their music. Their songs take root in the story-telling traditions of folk and country and flourish with textured harmonies, revealing an intimate look at the human condition and one’s search for meaning.

Donnie Lee Strickland
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He / Him
BIPOC false
Arkansas, United States
Pop-Country
Classic-Country
Traditional

The undeniable Southern sound of Donnie Lee Strickland was born in North Carolina. Donnie was influenced by the music of George Strait, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Randy Travis, The Judds, and Reba McEntire, which inspired him to sing in church and perform in school plays and local festivals. Donnie has entertained crowds all over the United States with his rich baritone vocals, performing as a special guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree in Nashville, TN, along with Grand Ole Opry stars Jan Howard and Jean Shepard. Donnie was a nominee for the Fan Choice award at the 2018 ICMA Awards, and was awarded the 2017 WOBA Song of the Year for "She's My Kind of Woman", the 2017 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Artist of the Year, and the 2018 Josie Music Award for Modern Country Male Entertainer of the Year and 2019 JMA Modern Country Male Vocalist of the Year.

Paisley Fields
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He / Him / She / Her
BIPOC false
New York, United States
Classic-Country
Cosmic-Country
Americana

Active since 2013, Paisley Fields is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Nashville, Tennessee. Fields' writes country music. His songs are tender and authentic, but also pretty good with a joke. They’re mindful of tradition, but deeply informed by his singular background -- as a teenage Midwestern church pianist, a Manhattan piano bar survivor, and a touring member of pioneering queer country outfit, Lavender Country. The stories are his, but the feeling they convey -- love, loneliness, lust, and so on -- are, hopefully, still universal.

Ganessa James
Band Members |
She / Her
BIPOC true
New York, United States
Americana
Singer-Songwriter

Singer, songwriter, guitar and electric bassist Ganessa James makes irresistible music. She has 20 years experience playing bass in soul, funk, and rock music bands. Ganessa got her start on the independent music scene in Brooklyn, where, while playing bass for funk/rock band blaKbushe, she was tapped to join Saul Williams on a North American tour: playing stages from the Wiltern in Los Angeles to Coachella.

Sam Rae
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She / her
BIPOC false
South Carolina, United States
Americana
Folk
Bluegrass

Sam Rae’s voice rings with the expansiveness of the Iowa prairie and the frankness of an old, trusted friend. Having studied classical cello in college, and subsequently veering toward a more free, improvisational approach, Rae spent time on the road as part of Brandi Carlile’s touring band. It was on the road that she began to find a songwriting style that she says felt like a “landing point,” in which she can really say something and mean it each time. - CQ Jessye DeSilva

Mya Byrne
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Mya Byrne
she / hers
BIPOC false
California, United States
Americana
Singer-Songwriter
Cosmic-Country
Indie-Folk

Mya Byrne is a published poet, actor, award-winning songwriter, and activist. Featured on official Spotify playlists, terrestrial radio, SingOut!, Advocate, New York Magazine, MSNBC, and NPR, other highlights include lecturing at colleges and performing at many folk festivals, Berkeley Rep, Z Space, San Francisco Trans March, and Folsom Street Fair, and opening for many of her heroes, including Levon Helm.

Waylon Payne
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he / him
BIPOC false
Tennessee, United States
Americana
Classic-Country
Singer-Songwriter

A son of country music royalty, a teenaged Baptist preacher turned addict and actor, Payne sings about fathers and sons, faith and addiction, recovery and renewal with devastating clarity. His character-rich collection harks back to a way of telling stories in song that revealed kept secrets and promised mystery. Over his years, Payne has felt the terrible power secrets can hold and learned the transformative value of releasing them. Finally, he’s in a place where he can harness that power to create transcendent work.

SONiA disappear fear
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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.

Little Bandit
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Alex Caress
He / him
BIPOC false
Nashville, Tennessee
Classic-Country
Americana
Cosmic-Country

We’re moved by the gospel of heartache.