Hard to believe another year has come and gone and we are upon the 3rd annual Gay Ole Opry. Contrary to popular belief, Country Music is not entirely the provenance of Red States, deep in the blue-hood of Brooklyn there is a burgeoning country music scene like you've never seen. It's a hands down, arms in the air, booty shaking, boot stomping, gaaaay country music festival.
Co-producers Karen Pittelman (front woman of Karen & the Sorrows) and Riot Grrrl Ink never imaged that their passion for country music would not only take root but grow in Brooklyn. “When I started playing country, I had to think about what it means to love a culture that doesn’t always love you back,” said Karen Pittelman, “I wondered if there were other people out there who grew up on this sound, but didn’t always feel comfortable in the spaces it was played."
Well, turns out there are.
Since April 2011, Pittelman and co-producer Riot Grrrl Ink, in addition to the two previous Brooklyn events, have launched two more Opries in Philadelphia. The duo also just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Queer Country Monthly, a regular county night at Prospect Heights’ Branded Saloon.
The 3rd annual Brooklyn Opry features Karen & the Sorrows, Nath Ann Carrera, Julia Reed, Lindsey Wilson, and Wiley Gaby, as well as two-stepping with DJ Andrew Boorstyn, New York’s long-running LGBT country western dance, the Big Apple Ranch.
And if that's not enough, festivities will include a bake sale for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and an all-Dolly-Parton raffle.
(photos Carole Litwin & Syd London)
*re-published* originally posted Sept. 14,1012