Paisley Fields (2023)

Brooklyn, NY

Queer country artist Paisley Fields has about the best stamp of approval an artist in his position could have — he was a touring member of Lavender Country (who you hopefully saw at Sled Island 2022), and was featured on their 2022 comeback album. His own album Limp Wrist tackles growing up closeted in Iowa, the hate crime-murder of Matthew Shepherd and the hypocrisy of homophobes. It’s stirring stuff, but delivered with the flair and chops needed to help the medicine go down.