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Masked off, out and earning country fame: Orville Peck brings ‘Bronco’ tour to Alabama

Masked off, out and earning country fame: Orville Peck brings ‘Bronco’ tour to Alabama

have you heard of orville peck, The masked country singer who is rising to fame in the music world? He’s not a household name yet, but the artist – who hasn’t even shown his face on stage yet – is working on it.

Peck, who is openly gay, said in June 2022, “All I’ve ever wanted to do is be a country singer.” Interview with Variety. “I finally found the courage when I was in my 20s to put together all the things I love and just do Jeopardy.”

Over the years, Peck has been building a fan base with recordings like “Pony” (2019) and “Bronco” (2022), and teasing/delighting audiences with live shows that feature her long, swinging They wear distinctive masks with fringes. , he performed at coachella, rental car And boston calling music festival in 2022, for example, and opened two “Harryveen” shows for Harry Styles at Madison Square Garden in 2021.

Peck (not his real name) is set to perform at Iron City in Birmingham on April 20. From what we can tell, it’s their first performance in Birmingham – probably in all of Alabama – presented by Live Nation/Red Mountain Entertainment. Show listed at 8 p.m. at Iron City, 513 22nd St. South venue websiteBut ticket prices have not been announced.

The Eventbrite listing states, “Orville Peck is a country recording artist and songwriter known for his deep baritone voice, strong musicianship, and lyrics that are serious yet bold in their storytelling.” Never one to confirm his identity, Orville, who is openly gay and leads a nomadic life, is never seen without his signature, ruffled mask. Following the release of his self-produced debut album ‘Pony’ in 2019, Orville signed with Columbia Records and released his ‘Show Pony’ EP. Released in 2020 to immediate critical acclaim, the EP features a duet with global icon Shania Twain and puts The Orville’s triumphant songwriting skills and deliberate craftsmanship on full display.

โ€œThe Orville, who is known for his unique personal style, has collaborated with several fashion brands, including Beyoncรฉ’s Ivy Park, Dior, Michael Kors and Pamela Love, among others. When Orville is not performing or touring, he devotes his time to activism and the causes to which he is committed.

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Offstage, Peck is widely regarded Daniel Pitout, native of South Africa, former punk rocker and drummer for the Canadian band Nรผ Sensae. Internet detectives have attempted to deduce his identity in various ways, including matching Peck’s tattoos to those shown in pitout photographs.

But as Peck told Variety, he’d prefer fans focus on his music, which includes hits like “The Curse of the Blackened Eye,” “Simone Baby, Cry,” “Turn to Hate,” “Take You Back.” Songs included. (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call), “Kalahari Down” and “Legends Never Die”.

Celebrities have embraced Peck – Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” appears in peck’s video for “The Curse of the Blackened Eye” and Peck performed “Cowboy Take Me Away”. with miley cyrus for the 2021 Pride Month special — but some listeners have been slow to respond.

Peck told Variety, “I’ve certainly received my fair share of reluctance, suspicion and aggression because I’m a gay man in the country world.” “But I would say it’s a lot less than I think people would probably imagine. I play shows and festivals like Coachella, but we also play True-Blue Country Festivals, red states with ‘Blue Lives Matter’ shirts and Trump hats. with the people who wear it.

“I go in with an open heart and an open mind. Sometimes people in the audience who are too scared to turn me down end up dancing and singing along. I think the important thing that’s happening in country music right now is, That is, there are a lot more queer people and people who aren’t just white straight men making country music.

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