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info_outline Episode 18 -- Jessye DeSilva 11/10/2023
Episode 18 -- Jessye DeSilva This isn't Jessye DeSilva's first Rainbow Rodeo! The non-binary singer-songwriter was the very first guest on this podcast, and we're thrilled to have them back. In this episode, we talk about how DeSilva is setting intentions and seeing them through, their album Renovations as a document of coming into their own, and what's next as they tackle being an artist in a post-lockdown world. As I mention in the intro, I interviewed Jessye and others about the transphobic events at this year's Americanafest -- and how music festivals could become safer spaces for artists in the future -- in the . Remember to subscribe to the to get a weekly update on what's been going on down at the Rodeo! Catch us on Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and Mastodon under @rainbowrodeomag, and at @rainbowrodeo on Bluesky. Song List 1:48 -- Jessye DeSilva -- "Let It Burn" (Renovations) 14:23 -- Jessye DeSilva -- "Queen of the Backyard" (Hover) 19:11 -- Jessye DeSilva -- "Dysphoria" (Renovations) 36:57 -- Allison Russell -- "Demons" (The Returner) 41:28 -- Jessye DeSilva -- "What I Know To Be True" (Renovations)
info_outline Episode 17: Jenny Owen Youngs 09/29/2023
Episode 17: Jenny Owen Youngs Howdy, cowpokes, and welcome back to Rainbow Rodeo! This month, I interview artist and podcaster extraordinaire, Jenny Owen Youngs. I think you can hear in the interview that I’m a little bit starstruck, but of course Jenny was a pro. (We’re on a first-name basis now.) We talk about her return to solo music with her new album, Avalanche, and how it’s been to work in the co-writing and music licensing space in LA for so long. We also get a little silly with fandoms, but also get down to business to discuss queer artists and the anxiety around pigeonholing, and idea that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Read my review of Avalanche on . Subscribe to the Rainbow Rodeo Patreon and subscribe to our weekly newsletter ! Music Time Stamps: Jenny Owen Youngs -- "Everglades" (1:58) Jenny Owen Youngs -- "Knife Went In" (11:49) Jenny Owen Youngs -- "Set It On Fire" (38:17) Trixie Mattel (ft. Orville Peck) -- "Jackson" (42:08) Jobi Riccio -- "Whiplash" (44:45)
info_outline Episode 16: Maia Sharp 09/01/2023
Episode 16: Maia Sharp Hey there, cowpokes, and welcome back to Rainbow Rodeo! This month, I speak with veteran Maia Sharp about her album Reckless Thoughts, which came out in August. I also interviewed her for the Nashville Scene. In that interview, we discussed the divorce that caused her to move to Nashville and how she brought together a trusted band to create Reckless Thoughts and her previous album, Mercy Rising. The part of the conversation you'll hear is from when we were already 30 minutes in and switching gears for podcast mode. Maia had mentioned joining a softball league in Nashville, so we had to kick things off by discussing it, naturally. Follow us on . Subscribe to our for access to the Rainbow Rodeo zine, extra podcast content, and more!
info_outline Episode 15: Julian Talamantez Brolaski 08/04/2023
Episode 15: Julian Talamantez Brolaski Julian Talamantez Brolaski is a poet and country crooner but, above all else, is a careful curator of traditional country music. Brolaski's album It's Okay Honey comes out today, replete with yodeling, cowboy guitar and, of course, heartbreak. Brolaski was also on the ground floor of Brooklyn's queer country scene in the 2010s. They're too modest to say it, but that makes them an integral part of the current queer country movement. Julian Talamantez Brolaski is a poet and country crooner but, above all else, is a careful curator of traditional country music. Brolaski's album It's Okay Honey comes out today, replete with yodeling, cowboy guitar and, of course, heartbreak. Brolaski was also on the ground floor of Brooklyn's queer country scene in the 2010s. They're too modest to say it, but that makes them an integral part of the current queer country movement. Song List 2:40 -- "Goin' to Nashville" (Julian Talamantez Brolaski) 20:17 -- "Racing the Train" (Julian Talamantez Brolaski) 29:50 -- "You'll Have a New Body" (The Invert Family Singers) 36:00 -- "Gourd Flower" (Julian Talamantez Brolaski) 45:20 -- "Ain't a Day Goes By" (Melissa Carper) 48:52 -- "Just Like a Man" (Julian Talamantez Brolaski)
info_outline Episode 14: Beau Wheeler 07/06/2023
Episode 14: Beau Wheeler I'm excited to introduce you to Beau Wheeler. Beau's latest album, Flying Colours, reveals a huge generosity of spirit. They wrote these songs while they were undergoing cancer treatment -- and coming out as non-binary. We also discuss hacking it in the Canadian indie rock scene -- and, for Patreon subscribers, just what they would risk to go see Mavis Staples. Read my review of Flying Colours on ! Subscribe to the Rainbow Rodeo ! Never miss an update with the Rainbow Rodeo ! !
info_outline CORRECTED Episode 13: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer Discuss Their Musical All Wigged Out 06/03/2023
CORRECTED Episode 13: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer Discuss Their Musical All Wigged Out Hey there, cowpokes, and happy Pride! We are in a real treat this month with our conversation with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, old time music legends. In our interview, Cathy and Marcy said they haven't done much -- but they're just being modest. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky, and a wide range of musical luminaries. They have entertained the Queen of Thailand, been keynote singers for the AFL-CIO, appeared on the “Today Show” and on National Public Radio. Cathy & Marcy earned GRAMMY Awards for their recordings “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins”, and “Bon Appétit!: Musical Food Fun”. Their CD’s “Postcards” and “Banjo Talkin’” were GRAMMY Fnalists in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. Since we discuss it later in the episode, we'll kick things off with the song they co-wrote with Tom Paxton, "Don't Say Gay." "Don't Say Gay" Music Video: Subscribe to the to get your copy of Rainbow Rodeo Issue 3 and more swag! Listen to Rachel this month on Sirius XM's Country Pride -- Channel 105 !
info_outline Episode 12: Mya Byrne 04/28/2023
Episode 12: Mya Byrne Get to know Mya Byrne now, because she is going to become a household name. Her newest album, Rhinestone Tomboy, is out now on Kill Rock Stars Records. KRS is the legendary riot grrl record label, and Rhinestone Tomboy is the first record off its brand new Nashville imprint. As I wrote in my profile in the , that's not the only first for this project: the video for "It Don't Fade" features a kiss shared between Mya and her partner, songwriter Swan Real. When the video was broadcast on CMT, it made them the first known transfemme kiss on broadcast TV. When the pair repeated their performance at the Love Rising Concert in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, they became what is almost certainly the first openly transfemme couple to do so. Learn more about Brooklyn Transcore . Learn more about Nashville Transcore . Support Rainbow Rodeo when you for as little as $4 a year. You can also for a mere $15.
info_outline Bonus Episode: Batting Around w/ Rachel Cholst and Bryan Ruby 04/13/2023
Bonus Episode: Batting Around w/ Rachel Cholst and Bryan Ruby Hey, cowpokes! This week I joined queer baseball podcast Batting Around to speak with Bryan Ruby. Bryan is the first professional baseball player to come out while actively playing. Now that he's getting ready to hang up his cleats, he's picking up his guitar and kick-starting his country music career! This episode goes more into his time in baseball and being queer in the sport, though of course we talk music, too. Bryan's career is fascinating, and a great look at the sport for the vast majority of its fans and players -- those who operate outside of the MLB and the US in general. Also, I made a playlist of the music Bryan and I reference . Learn more about Bryan . Learn more about Batting Around and subscribe on your favorite app! And, of course, you can support Rainbow Rodeo .
info_outline Episode 10: Zoe Boekbinder 03/31/2023
Episode 10: Zoe Boekbinder Howdy, cowpokes! This month I speak with Zoe Boekbinder about their recent songs, "Cut My Heart In Two," and "I Am Yesterday." Both of these songs were produced by Gracie and Rachel, whom I interviewed on my previous podcast, Adobe and Teardrops. Zoe Boekbinder is a veteran, singer songwriter, born in Canada and raised in a string of Buddhist communities on the West coast they have a unique outlook on life. Their latest album Shadow was self-produced and released in November of 2018, but as we'll hear, Zoe has more music on the way. From May, 2010 to December, 2014, Zoe volunteered as a performer and teacher at New Folsom Prison. This music culminated in the album long time gone by the Prison Music Project. In our interview, we talk about the backstory behind the song "I Am Yesterday," confrontation within community, its relation to incarceration, and what really defines queer country music. Zoe's pup makes a special appearance as well, but first, I want to thank the following new subscribers. Welcome, Michelle, Elliot, Lori Beth, and Claude! You too can support Rainbow Rodeo when you subscribe for as little as $4 a year. You can also for a mere $15. SONG LIST "Cut My Heart in Two" -- Zoe Boekbinder (2:18) "I Am Yesterday" -- Zoe Boekbinder (9:23) "Long Time Gone" -- Prison Music Project (ft. Princess Shaw and Zoe Boekbinder) (19:55) "Haunted" -- Zoe Boekbinder (31:42)
info_outline Episode 9: February Check-In w/ Sunny War, John-Allison Weiss, Terry Blade, Jaimee Harris, Izzy Heltai, Tina and Her Pony, Tami Hart 02/24/2023
Episode 9: February Check-In w/ Sunny War, John-Allison Weiss, Terry Blade, Jaimee Harris, Izzy Heltai, Tina and Her Pony, Tami Hart Howdy, cowpokes! Thanks to an audio snafu, this month's interview did not go as planned but that means I get to LARP as an NPR DJ! This month's episode reviews the fantastic queer country releases from February, as well as a preview of what's to come this spring. Sunny War, Anarchist Gospel, “Swear to Gawd” John-Allison Weiss, The Long Way, “Different Now” Terry Blade, Ethos: Son of a Sharecropper, “Won’t Be Around” Jaimee Harris, Boomerang Town, “Good Morning, My Love” Izzy Heltai, “Running Out” (Single) Tina and Her Pony “Beautiful Mess” (Marigolds) Tami Hart, “Thanks For Saying Hi” (Thanks For Saying Hi) You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter ! Advertise on Rainbow Rodeo for a mere $10! Details . Hate ads? Support Rainbow Rodeo on for as little as $2 a year!
info_outline Episode 9: Mariel Buckley 01/20/2023
Episode 9: Mariel Buckley I interviewed Canadian alt-country singer Mariel Buckley back in August. And you can tell this was a few months ago because we talked a little baseball -- little did we know how badly the Blue Jays would implode. Buckley's album Everywhere I Used To Be is a distinct departure from Buckley's acclaimed Driving in the Dark. The sound is more spare, more melancholy. We dig into that as well as Mariel's experiences with extended vocal rest, gender identity, and growing up queer in a small town. Since we mention it, you can read my review of the album in No Depression . Support queer media and subscribe to our ! Keep up with Rainbow Rodeo with our !
info_outline Episode 8: Adeem the Artist 12/20/2022
Episode 8: Adeem the Artist Hey, there, cowpokes. It's episode 8 of Rainbow Rodeo and I'm speaking with Adeem the Artist. We spoke two days after the release of their breakout album White Trash Revelry. This episode is a little odd because we were both in kind of weird headspaces and spent a looong time talking about the music industry and how Adeem feels about hitting their stride. Adeem really lays out, step-by-step, how they got to where they are now. I left most of that in the cut for the -- which you can listen to for a mere $4 a year! To learn more about Adeem's story, you can find . As a reminder, you can keep up with your favorite queer country artists by subscribing to the weekly ! SONG LIST "For Judas" -- Adeem the Artist (1:38) "Books and Records" -- Adeem the Artist (21:25) "Heritage of Arrogance" -- Adeem the Artist (43:07) "Take Me to the Water Prayer" -- Jake Blount (49:49) "Going to Hell" -- Adeem the Artist (53:25)
info_outline Episode 7: Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country 12/14/2022
Episode 7: Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country Hi, everyone. I'm popping in with a sort of mini-sode here. Patrick Haggerty, the lead singer and songwritier of Lavender Country, passed away on Halloween. I meant to post this shortly after his death, but between my midterms and the holidays, I just didn't get around to it. The real reason, though, is once I post this, well...then it means he's really gone. We recorded this interview in 2018 when I was writing my first major article ever. This was only the second or third time I'd interviewed someone I didn't know personal and I think you can hear my discomfort. The setting was Branded Saloon, home of Karen Pittelman's Queer Country series. Patrick, James Wilson of Paisley Fields, Barbara Endes of Girls on Grass, had just come from a rehearsal space around the corner and were doing soundcheck before the show. I mention Karen and Patrick mentions James, who now goes by Paisley. You can hear some of that soundcheck going on in the background as I recorded this directly to soundcloud with a Chromebook, yet the sound quality is better than this intro. Figure that one out. I think this interview shows Patrick's complexity. He was really, really, REALLY good at talking himself up. He had a LOT of anger and intensity stored up. In my opinion, some of his statements here are a bit grandiose but, at the same time, they're right on the money. After this, Patrick and I became friends and he was insistent that my wife and I come visit him on his ranch; that never happened. Hit the subscribe button for next week's interview with one of Patrick's spiritual successors, Adeem the Artist. Subscribe to the Rainbow Rodeo !
info_outline Episode 6: Violet Bell 10/31/2022
Episode 6: Violet Bell Hey there, cowpokes! I just got hitched, which meant I got a liiiittle behind working on the podcast. But, I think this interview with is well worth the white. The North Carolina duo, consisting of Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez, just released their gorgeous new album, Shapeshifter. The album retells the ancient story of the selkie from many perspectives. Not only is the album beautiful musically, but Violet Bell use the story to make connections to dysphoria, power, imperialism, and liberation -- all from an old fisherman's tale. The bad news is the duo got COVID right after when the album was released, but the good news is you still have time to see their rescheduled album release show in December, so check out their website to find out where you can catch them. Support Rainbow Rodeo by , and get early access to the podcast for as little as $4 a year! SONG "All The Stars" -- Violet Bell (1:35) "Mi Gente" -- Hector Lavoe and the Fania All Stars (16:03) "Fisherman's Daughter" -- Violet Bell (20:32) "I Am a Wolf" -- Violet Bell (34:53) "Free Leonard Peltier" -- Joe Troop (50:54) "Mortal Like Me" -- Violet Bell (56:40)
info_outline Episode 5: Whitney Fenimore 09/30/2022
Episode 5: Whitney Fenimore This month, we're going to hear from Whitney Fenimore as she tells us about her EP, Leaving Ashwood, which came out on September 23rd. Whitney's story starts out familiar: she grew up in Oklahoma, devoted to church life in spite of the psychic pain it caused her. But not everyone in that situation moves on to sing in The Voice, or to marry an Olympic athlete they met through casual "likes" on Instagram. Before we get into the interview, remember to round up your social media algorithm and like Rainbow Rodeo on Instagram and Twitter at @rainbowrodeomag. You're going to want to stay tuned because I have a big announcement in January! And be sure to support Rainbow Rodeo on for bonus content, swag, and zines! SONG LIST "Holding Hands" -- Whitney Fenimore (1:47) "I Wanna Love You" -- Amy Grant (21:50) "It's Not Me" -- Whitney Fenimore (24:51) "Portland" -- Marielle Kraft (45:31) "Stay A Little Longer" -- Whitney Fenimore (48:40)
info_outline Episode 4: Sylvia Rose Novak 08/26/2022
Episode 4: Sylvia Rose Novak Sylvia Rose Novak hates expecations. That's why they've torn down their Americana image and set stakes in the alt-rock world with their blistering album A Miss/A Masterpiece -- not coincidentally, breaking out of the Americana genre has coincided with Novak coming out as non-binary. We talk about the album, Novak's coming out experience, and how they've trained their audience to adjust to a different sound. Subscribe to Rainbow Rodeo on , and learn about Sylvia's unexpected run-in with Lucinda Williams! SONG LIST "Man I Used to Be" -- Syvlia Rose Novak (1:24) "Bad Luck" -- Sylvia Rose Novak (7:46) "Fallout" -- Syvlia Rose Novak (11:23) "Futures" -- Jimmy Eat World (24:18) "Dizzy" -- Syvlia Rose Novak (28:15) "Jackson (feat. Orville Peck)" -- Trixie Mattel (44:10) "Howl" -- Sylvia Rose Novak (46:42)
info_outline Episode 3: Queer Country With Shana Goldin Perschbacher 08/09/2022
Episode 3: Queer Country With Shana Goldin Perschbacher Heya, cowpokes! I got a little off-schedule thanks to vacation, so we'll have two episode this month! (Yeehaw!) This time around, I interview Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, author of the book Queer Country. It's the first scholarly work about the genre and it gets into the history of queer country -- as well as what it all actually means. You can get almost 50% using this code: F21UIP And you can support Rainbow Rodeo on our for as little as $4 a year! SONG LIST "Guy Named Joe" -- Coyote Grace (2:06)
info_outline Episode 2: Alex Riggs 07/05/2022
Episode 2: Alex Riggs Alex (formerly known as al) Riggs and I spoke in early June about their latest album, themselves, right when it was released. We discussed the current situation in the queer country scene, the anxieties of releasing a record and receiving little press, and how coming into herself has changed her approach to music. Two days later, themselves got a review in Pitchfork and rocketed to the top of Bandcamp's charts. Listen today to find out why! And remember to for as little as $4 a year (yes, you read that right) and listen to Alex recall the time she met Dave Chapelle, and how she feels about astrology. SONG LIST "The Bardo" -- Alex Riggs (2:07) "Pekar on Letterman" -- Alex Riggs (14:54) "No Moral" -- Alex Riggs (33:58) "Where the Lavender Grows" -- Mya Byrne (50:48) "Spalding Gray" -- Alex Riggs (54:04)
info_outline Episode 1: Jessye DeSilva 05/27/2022
Episode 1: Jessye DeSilva Howdy and welcome to the very first episode of Rainbow Rodeo! I'm your host, Rachel Cholst. In this episode, we talk with about their debut album Landscapes, growing up non-binary in a Christian household, discovering Elton John, Jessye's work teaching vocal pedagogy at Berklee College of Music, and so much more! Learn more about Rainbow Rodeo . Subscribe to the Patreon . Follow Rachel on Instagram and on Twitter . SONG LIST "Siren Song" -- Jessye DeSilva (2:31 - 7:08) "Amoreena" -- Elton John (19:21 - 24:11) "Hibernate" -- Jessye DeSilva (24:11 - 27:35) "Devil in New Jersey" -- Jessye DeSilva (42:35 - 46:51) "Womyn Who Bartend" -- Adeem the Artist (52:06 - 54:30) "Reclaim My Name" -- Adeem the Artist (54:32 - 58:34) "Family Tree" -- Jessye DeSilva (58:35 - 1:02:31)