What's I'm exploring today is openly queer artists who can be considered to fall under this rubric. With genres like queercore and homohop there is defintely room for some queer americana.
Mary Gauthier is attracting a lot of attention for her finely-crafted songs. Her earlier records with songs like Drag Queens In Limousines and Goddamn HIV are perhaps more overt than recent ones, though there are queer references in tracks like Wheel Inside The Wheel.
Glen Meadmore has been making music for quite a while, evolving from the more electronic cowpunk tunes of his earlier releases (Chicken and Biscuits and Squaw Bread, both of which have been recently reissued on CD by Pervertadora Records) to the gay christian music of Hot Horny & Born Again.
SMOKE was the Atlanta-based band of Benjamin Smoke, who was earlier in the Opal Foxx Quartet. Musical comparisons include Tom Waits and Vic Chesnutt. …