By Annabelle Chvostek, for Folk Alley
As part of Folk Alley’s Pride Month feature, we’ve asked a handful of LGBTQ+ artists to make a list of the songs or artists who most influenced them.
Ani Difranco – “Circle of Light” and “If It Isn’t Her”
This pair of songs from this album are so queer sexy, it blew my mind when I saw her play them. A night I will never forget as an 18 year old figuring myself out. Never had I ever heard anything like that. So exciting.
Rose Polenzani – “Olga’s Birthday”
A beautiful, dark, intense song that tells a story of someone struggling hard with a queer love. I super vibed to this, discovering Rose in the 90s.
Tracy Chapman – “For My Lover”
Gorgeous raw pathos, such beauty.
Pete Seeger – “Little Boxes”
I’ve always loved this song, since I was a kid. I’m never gonna fit in that box.
Indigo Girls – “Romeo and Juliet”
Amy Ray and her acoustic guitar stepped into the Romeo role right here, with her heart on her sleeve, with an acoustic cover of a Dire Straits tune. So good! And so much better than the original. I must have listened to this version a million times.