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Queer Country Monthly: Eli Conley and Karen & The Sorrows
Apr 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us at Branded Saloon for Queer Country Monthly featuring Karen & The Sorrows, and touring indie folk artist Eli Conley accompanied by co-conspirators Joel Price on mandolin, fiddle and harmonies, and Conrad Sisk on electric cello.
7:30 Doors, 8 pm Music
$5 Suggested Donation, No one turned away for lack of funds.
21+, Wheelchair Accessible
Why have a queer country music series? Because sometimes you love a culture that doesn’t love you back. And when everyone came to the first Gay Ole Opry in April of 2011 in all their country finery, we knew we weren’t alone. We do it because we love the music and want to build a community to support queer country musicians. We do it because everybody needs a honky tonk angel to hold them tight. We do it because we believe in country music for all cowpeople.
Brought to you by Karen & the Sorrows and Riot Grrrl Ink, the largest queer record label in the world. And with the help of the kind folks at Brooklyn Country.
Eli Conley has a voice that shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in roots music and the singer-songwriter tradition, he crafts modern day folk songs for misfits, unafraid to push the themes and instrumentation of Americana music forward.
“That voice! Akin [to] the classic era of the singer songwriter genre – think Jackson Browne, early Elton John, Stephen Stills, and the more recent work of Melissa Etheridge – Conley’s cinematic lyrics and strong sense of melody serve artist and the listener well. Unforgettable songs.” Tom Semioli, Minor 7th
Karen & the Sorrows is shaped around the high, lilting vocals of singer-songwriter Karen Pittelman and Elana Redfield’s lonesome pedal steel guitar. These are tales of broken hearts, broken bones, and the languages that get lost when love is gone. There’s a strain of ghostly prettiness running through these songs that calls to mind Julee Cruise. But that softness is paired with a dark twang and a strong beat that roots the band in the tradition of the 1970s country rock—from Pure Prairie League to Neil Young—that Redfield and Pittelman grew up with.