Country Queer

Lifting up LGBTQ+ voices in country and Americana.

Buried Treasure, January 29

Becky Krill, KC Shane, Pansy, Drew Beckman & The Boundary Boys

By Adeem Bingham, Buried Treasure Editor

I’m sitting at my desk in East Tennessee with the heater groaning a welcomed exhale of warm air. Still isolating to try and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on our local healthcare workers, I am working on a number of projects in my pajama pants and breakfast-stained t-shirt. I am well-hydrated, however, and grateful to introduce you to some new artists.

I’ve got a few real good’ns for you this week. Poppy, gritty, warm, twangy. I’m trying to hit all the right spots. I’ve also created a brand new playlist that I’ll update bi-weekly with a mixture of new artists and maybe a couple of old favorites too. Please follow the playlist below and stream these folks on there if you’re a Spotify person. That kind of thing helps artists out more than you probably realize and a big part of what we want to do here is to prop up independent Queer artists however we’re able. Thank you for you help in supporting these folks. 

Take care, drink a lot of water.

– Deemie

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Becky Krill

Becky is a folk songwriter from Brooklyn, NY with smooth, airy vocals and catchy melodies for your cool acoustic playlist. Inspired by artists like Ani DiFranco and Sara Bareilles, she writes with poignant intention and pop sensibilities. Check our her newest single “We Play” on Bandcamp or stream the Buried Treasure playlist on Spotify.


KC Shane

KC Shane is a West Coast songwriter and performer. He released his debut single in 2020 and it is forlorn as hell. “Empty Words” is a beautifully produced song mourning the empty gestures of someone who pays only lip service to their relationship. 


Pansy

Pansy is new to me and while this is on the peripheral of what we usually cover, I’m enamored by the sonic quality of the recording and the songwriting. It is reminiscent of Stephin Merritt in its profound simplicity and daring sentiment. “I’m no boy- I’ve left that scene / as the woman of your dreams.” It’s just a really lovely song and production.


Drew Beckman & The Boundary Boys

Drew Beckman is a “Queer Cowboy” and folk musician based in DC and backed by what he describes as a “ragtag” group, the Boundary Boys. The first I heard of him was “Rooftop Lullaby,” which has all the vulnerability and strength of a Simon Joyner track, but the new single, “Hellfire,” is much more in league with Orville Peck’s brand of tragic, vintage country ballads.


“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!