Orville Peck talks about his country music journey – Billboard

Since the release of his first album Pony in 2019, country singer Orville Peck became known for hiding his face behind his signature fringe mask, but also for putting his heart into his music.

In 2020, he released a duet with Shania Twain called “Legends Never Die”, and later teamed up with Trixie Mattel for an interpretation of the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic “Jackson”. He also brought his country flair to Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit, “Born This Way,” and released a series of follow-up EPs leading up to this year’s full album. Broncos.

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pecking recently open to Variety about not only his music, but also his journey as an openly gay country artist. Peck told the outlet that while he “received my fair share of reluctance, skepticism and aggression because I’m a gay man in the campaign world,” he added, ” I would say it’s a lot less than I think people might imagine.” Recalling playing country music festivals in more conservative states, he said, “I go there with an open heart and mind. Often people in the audience who don’t accept me dance and sing at the end of the show. I think the big thing that’s happening in country music right now is that there are so many more queer people and people who aren’t just white straight men doing country music.

Peck is heartened to see a growing number of country artists, including Brooke Eden, Lily Rose and the Osborne Brothers’ TJ Osborne, talking openly about their own sexuality.

“We’ve always been there, but a lot of us are more mainstream now,” Peck says. “It’s only a matter of time for this to slowly break down the belief systems that some of these country fans have put in place, these kind of ideas maybe bigoted. I think if we keep our heads up high and that we stick together and continue to do what we do and be authentic, I like to believe that this will hopefully change not only the landscape of country music, but it will also help change the cycle of racism and homophobia.

He also saw the impact his music and career had on gay, trans and queer fans of country music, saying, “They would send me really nice, heartfelt messages…they would say, ‘I grew up with country music all around me, but it wasn’t until I listened to you that I felt like I could embrace that aspect of my culture because I really felt like I was outside of it growing up. That’s what makes me feel really good about my visibility. It’s a big priority for me, mainly because I now know how important it is to people who may not have had the same experience as me.

Peck has recently performed Stagecoach and Coachella and is set to perform at the new Palomino Festival in July.

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