New Site Aims to Be Definitive Resource For LGBTQ+ Country, Folk, and Americana Artists
Country Queer is pleased to announce the launch of our Artist Directory, which is intended to fill a longstanding need for a centralized database of queer country, folk, and Americana artists.
The project was conceived and executed by filmmaker and web designer Jeremy Leroux, who also “seeded” the database with rich data for dozens of acts. The intention is to host absolutely every LGBTQ+ country and country-adjacent artist in the world, and to that end, the site has a DIY signup form that we encourage artists to make use of. Submissions are vetted to ensure authenticity and to maintain quality standards.
The directory can be used by fans to discover new artists, by journalists to find information about artists they’re covering, and – even if virtually – by promoters who are booking venues and festivals.
“When Jeremy came to me with this proposal, I jumped on it,” says Dale Geist, Country Queer’s Publisher. “It’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to do here, which is to provide a true community for queer country artists and fans, who often feel alone and invisible. And Jeremy did a fantastic job on the project, as I knew he would.”
Leroux added, “I’ve been a fan of Country Queer from early days, and when I had the idea for the directory, I immediately thought of them, because I felt they could give this project the kind of attention it deserved.”
Geist and Leroux agreed that the next logical steps for the directory are to continue growing the database, integrate it into the Country Queer website (it’s currently a standalone site), and continue fleshing out features such as advanced search. If the demand is there, the directory may eventually expand to include queer country venues, festivals, publications, etc.