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CQ Roundup, March 23rd

By Country Queer Staff

Spring is officially here, and if the buds emerging from the queer country scene are any indication, it will be a bountiful and vibrant one. Sam Kogon earns our Song of the Week with the gloriously poppy “Find Out” (as a sneak peek to CQ readers!) Love, lust, and Spring fever dreams are on the menu this week. Mangia!

Song of the Week: “Find Out,” Sam Kogon

Here’s what Sam says about this poppy gem: “When I was writing ‘Find Out’ I was trying to capture those fleeting feelings you get when you are first crushing on someone. It’s a fun little number and I hope people can dance to it, maybe even line dance.”

About the video: “I took my band up to the Catskills for a weekend retreat at a school house that was converted into a studio. We hadn’t seen each other in a year due to the pandemic and we desperately wanted to perform a live streamed show for our fans so we all took tests, isolated, and did what we needed to do to make it happen.”

So you, dear reader, get two versions of this delectable morsel today: a studio version and a live version. Dig in!


A Honky-Tonk of Our Own

“Dance Around It,” Lucius, Feat. Brandi Carlile & Sheryl Crow

Another pop tune, this one reminiscent of early 2000s dance hits, from Brandi’s sometime-opener Lucius, was produced by Carlile and features her and the legendary Sheryl Crow on vocals. The video is super fun. Certified bop!

“Kiss You,” Brittany Ann Tranbaugh

Light, lovely, folky and sweet: Philly-based Tranbaugh has found the perfect medium to convey a young crush – and the scared feeling when it’s someone of the same sex. Of “Kiss You,” she says, “The song feels sweet and nostalgic, but there’s a lot of compassion for my young, frightened self.” Her new EP drops in April – watch for it!

“Jackson,” Miss Georgia Peach (feat. Ruyter Suys)

A rollicking rockabilly romp, this version of “Jackson” has everything you need in the way of wild-ass Southern spring fever: runaway Telecaster boogie, a same-sex “romance” delivered with a growl worthy of Wanda Jackson, and, as you can see, an absolutely insane album cover. Recorded in the 00’s and featuring members of Nashville Pussy, Nine Pound Hammer, The Short Fuses and Beebe Gallini, the supergroup session was finally released last week.

“Daytona Sand,” Orville Peck

From Georgia to Florida, we keep heading south for Spring Break. Peck’s trademarks, twang, glamor, and a theatrical croon, are all here in this Technicolor daydream of a video. Take the ride.

“I Could Get Used to This,” Susan Werner

Now that we’re in the Sunshine State, let’s hang out on the beach. Veteran songwriter Werner delivers a breezy balm for the soul, readymade for your favorite Adult Contemporary station. From her new EP, The Birds of Florida. Grab a fruity rum drink and kick back.

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