By Rachel Cholst, Contributing Writer
It’s safe to say that if it weren’t for Karen Pittelman’s Queer Country Quarterly, this site would not exist. Pittelman’s decade-long (!) curation of the Gay Ole Opry/Queer Country Monthly/Queer Country Quarterly series has created a home for queer country artists and fans alike. Even though we haven’t been able to make our regular pilgrimages to Branded Saloon, a global pandemic won’t slow down queer country: Queer Country Quarterly will be streaming into your house this Saturday night.
In addition to Karen and the Sorrows, this installment will feature DeLila Black and Franky & the Momos. Karen herself will be debuting a new tune!
Black is a British queer country artist, whose most recent video “You’re So Common” is a bold statement of purpose with a punk rock edge. Black has “roots going back to the mountains of Haiti and the hills of Tallahassee, Florida.” Her music is a genre mashup with wide-ranging influences that she calls “Country-Noire” or “Electro-Mountain Music.” Producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, Paul McCartney) describes it as “Twin Peaks worthy”. She’s currently working with with producer Ian Caple (Shriekback, The Mekons, Tricky) for her next project.
Franky (Frances Ines Rodriguez, she/they) and the Momos are prepping their long-awaited EP. Franky’s been playing their beautiful songs at Queer Country Quarterly since 2013. They also work in theater and burlesque and were recently featured in the show Fandango for Butterflies where the New York Times called them a “scene-stealer”! They’re sure to steal your heart this Saturday.
The show happens Saturday, March 6th, at 8:00 pm ET, and will be streaming on the Karen & the Sorrows Facebook page and on YouTube. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here to make sure you get the link. The show is free, but if you Venmo @karenandthesorrows, all your tips will go straight to Franky and DeLila.