Americana musician Brandi Carlile thinks genre matters (Rebroadcast)
Brandi Carlile has received many accolades in her two decades as a musician. She’s won six Grammys and been nominated for many more. But until recently, much of that recognition remained within the worlds of country and Americana music.
That’s why it was a surprise (and a bit of a disappointment) for Carlile when her music was nominated in the Pop category of next year’s Grammy awards.
The importance of staying and working within Americana is greater than just me. There is not a moment where I don’t view my role as something larger. I feel great responsibility in representing marginalized queer people in rural America who are raised on country and roots music but are repeatedly and systematically rejected by the correlating culture. Every rung I can sling my gay sequined boot up on top of gets queer people a little higher on the ladder to being seen as just a bit more human in the great American roots landscape.
We sit down with Carlile to talk about queer representation in country music, why she finds other women musicians (like Joni Mitchell) so inspiring, and why genre matters.
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