Howdy! Guess what? You're reading part 2 of a mini-series on incredible LGBTQ-identified folk artists. I was introduced to Joan by Greg McKillop, who you'll hear more about tomorrow.
But for now I want to talk about Joan. All I can say is: damn. Smith's impassioned vocals and cutting lyrics make singing with just you and a guitar seem like the most courageous thing anyone could possibly do.
If that's not enough of a review for you, Smith clearly draws from the punk and DIY thing, but it's her melancholy that lands the album squarely in folk. You can pay what you want for the digital version, but the physical CD comes in a cool cloth pouch so...it's worth the chunk of change.
If you're into some more queer [as] folk, definitely join me on Saturday for the March Queer Country Music show! I'm co-hosting it with Karen and the Sorrows. The proceeds will go to FIERCE, a youth empowerment organization for
LGBTQ young people. Donations of $10 or above will get you a download
card for the Proud compilation album, so snap that shit up! If you can't make it to the concert, buy the album before May 1st!
Where: Branded Saloon (603 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
When: Saturday, 3/21 at 8 PM
Who: Me, Small Talk, The Paisley Fields, Karen and the Sorrows
How Much: $5 though no one is turned away for lack of funds. $10+ gets you a download card!
Why: Because you're cool and super sexy
And here's more info about Joan Smith: