A friend of mine sent me a link to the video below, and I think it’s pretty fantastic. I was raised on country music, in fact I’m going to a concert tonight (the group Alabama
). I wouldn’t say I’m a huge country music fan, because I tend to like older country music. Most of the time when I listen to the radio in the car, I am listening to NPR, not music. I tend to like funky alternative rock more, but I do like some country music. When my friend sent me this video, he said, “Since you like country music you are going to enjoy this video. It’s got a surprise twist. And the singer is so damn gorgeous and so aptly named. It is making its rounds on gay sites so you might have seen it already.” I had not seen it, but I couldn’t pass up an introduction like that. You guys may have already seen it, if not I hope you will watch it. Let me know what you think.
Steve Grand is out to be a country music star, and an out one at that. He’s got the whole package – great voice, musically talented, incredibly hot, and fearless, as you can see in his video for “All American Boy” which he created out of pocket, as he doesn’t have a label yet. The hopelessly romantic singer falls for a guy in a heterosexual relationship in the video. The two spend time together leading to skinny-dipping in a river and a kiss. Unfortunately, the attraction is only held by one of the characters. His lyrics are quite dreamy for his crush “He smiles, his arms around her but his eyes are holding me, just a captive to his wonder, ohh I say we go this road tonight.” Steve produced all his own music, as he does not have a manager or label. He raised funds to pay for everything on his own by playing piano at a local joint and at a church.
He’s ready to be upfront and honest from the start of his career, “time to be brave. the world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have… we all have felt that ache for our #allamericanboy.”
Gay country music artists do not have a good track record. Josey Greenwell ended up recording a pop song, and k.d. lang left country music, at least for the most part. I love to hear all of them sing, but I love k.d. more as a jazz artist. She has a beautiful voice. I hope Josey goes back to his country music roots and finds success, just as I hope Steve Grand has success.
Thank you, Steve Grand, for having the courage to make the music you want and to be a voice for thousands, in a music genre that may not support you.