This summer, Brooklyn queer country band Karen & the Sorrows released The Names of Things, their debut album full of “haunting pedal steel work and unvarnished heartbreak.” (Bust MagazineNew York Music Daily writes, “Country keeps evolving and Karen & the Sorrows are taking it to a place it’s never been before, a good and creepy one.” And F**k Yeah, Queer Music says, “They write loss and heartbreak, and goddamn are they good at it.” The Sorrows also co-produce the Gay Ole Opry, the first ever queer country music festival, and host Branded Saloon’s popular Queer Country Monthly, helping to build new community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back.

The Sorrows

The Sorrows: Elana Redfield (pedal steel, electric guitar), Tami Johnson (drums), AJ Lewis (bass), Karen Pittelman (vocals, acoustic guitar)