Your Favorites From a Fucked-Up Year
By Dale Henry Geist, Editor-In-Chief
If you had told me a year ago that CQ would publish over 200 pieces this year – 150 in just the last half year! – I’d have asked you for a hit of whatever you were on. But somehow, thanks to our sterling staff and contributing writers, that’s exactly what we did.
Furthermore, if you’d have told me we’d be interviewing Orville Peck, Cam, Elizabeth Cook, and Mary Gauthier, I’d have asked for two hits. But we did – all those, and, as you’ll see, more.
So light one up, kick back, and catch up on what you missed.
This is a pure “how-many-people-read-this” list, which means it’s going to favor pieces that were published earlier, and it leaves out our podcast altogether. Let’s spend a moment making up for those deficiencies:
This podcast episode has been downloaded an astonishing (to me) 4,200 times. It’s no wonder: Kiah is ebullient and charming, and host Rachel Cholst knows how to bring it out.
Easily the best-looking thing we’ve ever published. Who’d we miss?
American Aquarium frontman and ally comes with some straight talk for Associate Editor Sydney Miller.
Contributing Writer Alan Richard unearths the queer black man that taught Little Richard how to rock’n’roll.
Author of the queer country album that made every Best Of list worth making, Clark gets candid with Contributing Writer Olivia Ladd.
Enjoy the ride as Nashville’s favorite queer guitarslinger sits for a rollicking conversation with Staff Writer – and noted axemeister – Mya Byrne.
Straight-shooter Shook in conversation with Contributing Writer (and former CQ Editor-In-Chief) Cindy Emch.
Without further ado, our most-read articles of 2020.
Young trans indie sensation Cassata gives fans an exclusive video, photo shoot, and interview with Staff Writer Mya Byrne.
This brilliant rumination on an album that’s already become a queer country landmark was published a full half year before the album’s release. (Contributing Writer Steacy Easton has still not revealed their sources.)
8. Bi/Pan Country Artists You Need to Know
We published this as a three-parter, with Pt. 1 dedicated to non-mainstream artists, Pt. 2 devoted to marquee and legacy artists, and Pt. 3: Sarah Shook, and Sarah Shook only. Staff Writer Eryn Brothers did the honors.
Contributing Writer Annalisha Fragmin created the perfect list for introducing your twang-deficient friends to the yummy goodness of country music.
Associate Editor Sydney Miller conceived and executed this handy little list of lesbian love lyrics.
First published back in January and getting a second life during the summer Black Lives Matter uprising, this piece, by then-Editor-In-Chief Cindy Emch, highlights eight fine Black queer country artists.
Surprised that there are so many incredible non-binary artists making great country music? Sydney Miller fills you in.
Staff Writer Mya Byrne put together this roster of compelling trans twangmeisters.
We kicked off 2020 (ah, remember those days?) with a probing interview of the wildly talented Jaimee Harris, by then-Editor Cindy Emch.
It’s a brilliant meditation on the phenomenon of, well, queer country crooners, by the always-interesting Steacy Easton. It was the second piece we ever published, way back in September 2019, and it just won’t quit. Where you stumble across it I really don’t know, but you continue to flock to this thought-provoking article. Give it a read – or a re-read.