Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sherrie Austin Hopes To Unbuckle The Bible Belt

A decade ago Country Music Aussie (pre Urban and post Olivia), Sherrie Austin seemed to slip away from Country Music airwaves. Now the singer/songwriter is returning to her recording career and co-stars in a new Sundance Channel television series. The reality series will pair Austin with her gay best friend, singer/songwriter Shane Stevens (penned Lady Antebellum's American Honey), alongside 3 other straight women and their gay best friends. The show, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, was filmed in Nashville and airs on Friday nights at 9PM. Austin says that she wants to "unbuckle the Bible belt".

Nashville, Gay, and Country Music as a combination have also been discussed through singer Chely Wright who appeared on HLN's Joy Behar Show. Wright stated that most of her Nashville friends hadn't been as supportive of her since coming out of the closet as a lesbian last year. Wright has been billed as the "First Openly Gay Country Music Star" but I say you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear, and there's no mistaking K.D. Lang fit the title long before her. Chely's also the subject of a documentary film, Wish Me Away, making it's film festival circuit rounds.

What are your thoughts about all this recent discussion and will you plan to watch Sherrie's new TV series?

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