Karman Kregloe, Landon Elliot, Slight Of, and Erin Frisby
By Adeem Bingham, Editor
“Buried Treasure” is your bi-weekly guide to under-the-radar queer artists in country, Americana, and folk. Know an artist who should be included? Contact us!
Hey y’all, welcome to another edition of Buried Treasure. This week I’m stoked to introduce you to some brand new music for those late-summer mornings, so stream your little hearts out and make some social media noise for the ones that hit you where it hurts.
– Your Pal, Adeem
Karman is an LA based songwriter from Appalachia. Her song “Hummingbird” was nominated for an IAWTV Award for its appearance in the queer web series “Maybelle” and is the stand-out track for me on her debut self-titled EP. While the production sounds more LA than Nashville, the songwriting is firmly rooted in Country and hearkens to the sounds of her hometown. You can stream her new EP (out July 21) now on Bandcamp
Landon is from the beautiful, albeit conservative, Outer Banks of North Carolina. A Creative Director of a Church in Richmond, he comes across as soft and sincere while holding his convictions boldly. His new single is a cover of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow” and is an effort to raise funds for Side by Side- an organization whose mission is dedicated to creating supportive communities where LGBT+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. You can view his warm rendition in the video below & buy rainbow art to support Side by Side through the link in the video caption.
Slight Of is the creative nomenclature of one Jim Hill; a non-binary artist who hails from Rochester, NY. Their new album Other People is out today and I very much enjoyed flipping through the delicious tracks. It is largely synth driven and reminiscent of The Cars or Advance Base sonically although the songwriting blends Bright Eyes and Tom Petty with poetry skipping gleefully across the forgotten industrial towns of Upstate New York. RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Christian Lee Hutson, Pedro The Lion. Go listen below or wherever you stream music.
Erin is a folk songwriter based in D.C. Her writing style is very lyric-forward and reminiscent of Joni Mitchell or Dar Williams. Her voice is both thin & powerful with a beautiful and chilling vibrato that gives the songs a sort of timeless quality. The new album, Ecdysis, is a sort of coming-out record that brings so many different influences and elements together. It is theatrical in scope though the songs are not gratuitously long. My favorite from the album is “Waiting For My Love To Wake” which is a piano-driven jazz coloured folk number. The album comes out September 4th but you can stream a demo of one of the songs on Bandcamp and keep your eye out for the release.