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QueerCuts: Margaret Belton

One of the things that I love about #queercountry is how so many of us veer towards the iconic sounds of traditional country – and no one is more traditional than Patsy Cline. So of course on #DykeMarch Saturday I had to spotlight Margaret Belton – lead singer and founder of The Patsychords – a Patsy Cline tribute band queering these great old love songs and keeping the spirit of classic country alive with intoxicating vocals, impeccable style, and a sly wink that makes these great old tunes feel as fresh and modern as the day Patsy herself recorded them. If you haven’t listened to The Patsychords yet, pour yourself a tall glass of something cold and get ready for a real summer treat with their official video for Lovesick Blues.

-Cindy Emch


More about Margaret:

Margaret Belton is that rare artist who fuses her exceptional talent with a genuine warmth that makes audiences feel they’re part of the family. Margaret has appeared on many stages overseas, nationally and throughout the Bay Area. She is the lead singer of her band The Patsychords and is continuously collaborating with other artists on projects. She is also the founder of a women’s art collective that is still thriving today called “Women Exposed”. She has been a producer, host and emcee for various events . Her musical credits include opening for Emmylou Harris, and performing with her band and members of the national touring casts of Hair and American Idiot for Broadway Cares.


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