Queer country comes to Richmond this summer with the Paisley Pride Tour. The Paisley Fields, a queer country band hailing from New York City, will be touring to pride festivals throughout the US. The Paisley Pride tour will make stops at Nashville Pride, Shenandoah Valley Pride, Cedar Valley Pride and more. They are coming to Strange Matter in Richmond on Wednesday, June 22nd. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $7. They are especially excited to be joined by Richmond’s South Hill Banks, Featherword, Evan McKeel & Jordan Tarrant.
“While there have been setbacks for the LGBTQ community this year, there is also much to celebrate,” says lead singer James Wilson. “This summer we want to join our friends around the country to celebrate our individualities, and have a big old queer country party. We’ve made great strides towards equality, but we still have a long way to go, as evident by the Hb2 law and other discriminatory policies being put in place.”
Though Wilson is inspired by country musicians like Dolly Parton and Gram Parsons, he wanted The Paisley Fields lyrics to reflect a modern world. Pittsburgh City Paper writes, "While The Paisley Fields have a good bit in common with contemporary country — rich production, songs with pop bones and twangy accents — the band probably won't be touring with Toby Keith anytime soon. They're a refreshing change from country radio." The Paisley Fields’ latest album, Oh These Urban Fences, is described by No Depression as "a labor of love that demands your attention.”
The group is a harmony driven piano based alt-country band. James Wilson leads The Paisley Fields on keyboard and vocals, joined by singer Anna Volpe, bassist Robert Fernandez, and James Steiner on drums and mandolin. Also joining The Paisley Pride Tour is renowned Brooklyn Country artist Aron Blue on guitar.