2009 Year in Review: Music

 
 

Strong Ties to the Queer Community

The Cliks have been a favorite in the queer community since their 2007 Tommy Boy Records album, Snakehouse. Having undergone several line-up changes in the last several years, the trio, consisting of FTM Lucas Silveria and lesbians Morgan Doctor and Jen Benton, recorded Dirty King for 2009.

Many fans thought they’d seen the final Cliks lineup, but Lucas released a statement revealing that his bandmates had departed and he would continue on without them. Lucas has since recruited two new members: Lesbian bassist Tobi Parks and Dresden Doll drummer Brian Vigilione.

The always prolific Meshell Ndegeocello‘s Devil’s Halo was a true stepping-stone in her career. The album, which featured some of the musician’s best work to date, combined rock and soul to create an accessible masterpiece.

Erin McKeown‘s Hundreds of Lions reached #1 on Amazon.com on the Bestseller MP3 Album chart, marking her first album with Righteous Babe Records a righteous success.

Sharon Isbin‘s Journey to the New World was nominated for a Grammy in Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra). The album CD remained on the Billboard charts for 36 consecutive weeks.

Rachael Cantu had two tracks featured on the ABC medical drama Private Practice and her new album, Far and Wide, was released in November.

Other notable releases from 2009 came from Sarah Bettens, Sandra Bernhard, Jen Foster, and Indigo Girls.

Looking Ahead

In 2010, we have several new albums from established queer musicians to which we can look forward. Kaki King and Sia both have nearly completed albums that will likely be released in the new year, and Bitch‘s second solo LP will come out at the end of March. JD Samson‘s new band, MEN will be releasing recorded work, as will Uh Huh Her.

As queer musicians in pop and rock continue to gain visibility and respect, there is hope that talented out and proud musicians in other genres, particularly those in which we are noticeably absent, will do the same.

Next page: AfterEllen.com’s Top 10 Albums from Lesbian/Bisexual Women in 2009

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