Happy Cinco de Mayo to all who observe! (Just a fun reminder that this is purely an American holiday used to sell tacos and tequila. Mexican Independence Day is September 16.)
Another thing you can celebrate with tacos and tequila is the first full week of Rainbow Rodeo! I've literally been overwhelmed with getting posts up on the site because there's just so many beautiful queer country things happening! And thank you all for posting and sharing and your enthusiasm for this new stage of Rainbow Rodeo!
It's also Bandcamp Friday, so be sure to purchase something to support your favorite queer country artists. Bandcamp is withholding their share of the cut.
In an effort to streamline the newsletter, all the announcements, artist resources, and news items you love will be posted to the main site and linked to here, as will be all the week's articles. So without further ado...
Contributor TJ Squire gives a track-by-track deep dive into Joy Oladokun's new album Proof of Life
British country artist Rebekah Bouche reviews Mya Byrne's left-of-the-dial historic album Rhinestone Tomboy
Canadian punk rocker-turned-country crooner Nora Kelly wants you to be your weird self
Queer indigenous activist Jayli Wolf wants to run with the gorillas
Jessye DeSilva's new song "Proud and Lonely" is tender and defiant
You can now get your new queer country fix in the Rainbow Ruckus column,out every Tuesday! The Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music playlists are linked there.
I've received some requests for a YouTube Music playlist. Anyone willing to put it together for me?
can be found here!