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Gregg Shapiro – QNotes

Eye-Opener

An Interview with Queer Singer/Songwriter H.C. McEntire

On her exceptional second album “Eno Axis” (Merge), the North Carolina-based H.C. McEntire expands on the promise of the first record, delivering 10 breathtaking songs (including the instrumental “Sunday Morning” and a stunning reinterpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “House of the Holy”), resulting in one of the best albums of 2020.

Still Chirping

An Interview with Natalie Maine, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of The Chicks

Way back when, during the early reign of George W. Bush (kind of miss him now, don’t we), musical country trio The Chicks (FKA Dixie Chicks) did the unthinkable. Not only did they speak their minds about Bush as POTUS, but also expressed their displeasure that, like them, he was also a Texan.

Rufus Rules

An Interview with Rufus Wainwright

For those who have been counting (and patiently waiting), it’s been eight (!) years since Rufus Wainwright has released an album of original pop music. Rest assured that with “Unfollow the Rules” (BMG), Wainwright doesn’t disappoint.

From Ana, with Love

As Victor’s mother Isabel, Ana Ortiz is given an opportunity to stretch as an actress and play a wide range of emotions. In Ortiz’s more-than-capable hands, Isabel is a complex and multi-faceted character and it’s a pleasure to see such a talented actress give her all to her performance.

‘War’ Hero

An Interview with Gay Historian and Writer Eric Cervini

…anyone looking for a compeling and juicy queer history read need look no further than “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America” (FSG, 2020) by Eric Cervini. Cervini, who received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, took it upon himself to introduce readers to Frank Kameny, a legendary figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Miners Miracle

An Interview with Daniel Burton of Early Day Miners

As musical genres go, slowcore (or sadcore, if you please) had its share of devotees and detractors. Early Day Miners’ 2000 debut album “Placer Found” (Secretly Canadian), was newly reissued, remixed and remastered for vinyl in an expanded 20th anniversary double LP set, including more than 15 minutes of previously unreleased material.

Live and More

An Interview with Ruthie Foster

Out singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster has the kind of voice that can give you chills and warm your heart at the same time. Soulful, sassy and as powerful as a transformer, it doesn’t matter if she’s singing one of her marvelous original compositions or putting her distinctive touch on a standard, the result is always a delight.

‘Feeling’ Good

An Interview with Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis is Country music royalty. The daughter of Country music legend Mel Tillis, Pam has had her own lengthy career as a singer/songwriter.

Taylor-Made

An Interview with Holland Taylor

According to Ryan Murphy, “Casting a television show is like casting a dinner party. It’s like, ‘Well, who do I want to sit next to for the next six months of my life?’” In the case of his new Netflix series “Hollywood,” that premiered on the streaming network on May 1, he set an amazing table, and seated his guests just so. One such guest is out actress Holland Taylor who plays no-nonsense 1940s movie studio exec Ellen Kincaid.

‘Moment’ by Moment

An Interview with Kristin and Desereé of Dance Loud

There are two sides to every story and that holds true in the case of “The Moment” (danceloudmusic.com), the debut 180-gram audiophile LP (also available via digital download) by Chicago-based queer electronic duo Dance Loud.