Let’s Talk About Our Queer Yeehaw King Orville Peck’s Live Stream Ft. Bon Appétit’s Brad Leone

So, it’s no secret that because of social distancing, the live music scene is changing and forced to adapt to online means. Artists like Charli XCX are turning to Instagram Live to connect with fans, reach out to other artists and host their own DIY concerts. And, heading into week three of self-isolation at Syrup’s working from home scattered HQs, I’m starting to really relate to those “any holes is a goal” memes.

It’s getting pretty dire, gang.

So, imagine my surprise and sheer delight when I heard that our resident cowboy queer icon Orville Peck took to Twitch for a mini live stream concert, featuring his iconically mysterious leather mask, gruff country voice, and Facetimed special guests. Just like non-conforming fashionista pop icon and fellow Syrup fave, Harry Styles, our cowboy is here to help.

Sprinkle in news of a new song, a tribute to the late country singer legend Kenny Rogers and Peck’s sad boy cowboy tunes, and you’re in for a good time. 

Srsly, with a glass of red it’s a must watch during this scary Covid-19 era.

Yee – and I cannot stress this enough – haw.  

Stuck at home self-isolating, the Canadian country boy held the live stream to celebrate the one year anniversary of his debut album, Pony

In it, he performed a number of songs from the album, as well as a cover of the late country music icon Kenny Rogers’ duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands on the Stream.” 

And, in between songs, Peck Facetimed some of his favourite people, including comedian Margaret Cho and Bon Appétit’s Brad Leone. Gaby and other beloved BA Test Kitchen chefs also tuned into the live stream praising our boys’ performances in the comments. 

New music for our yodelling ears

Peck ended the stream with “Summertime,” a track that had yet to be released officially but one he’s been playing live for nearly a year. Good news for all of us, rightly social distancing, a studio release of the song is coming to Spotify and other streaming services on 1st April.

And look, if self-isolation means more of Orville Peck singing directly to me from the comfort of my own home, I ain’t mad about it.

While we wait, you can let our horse-riding, country guitar plucking, best boy Orville Peck soothe your Covid-19 and job prospect fears in the full clip below.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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