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New Paisley Music Coming Soon

Cover art for "Oh These Urban Fences..." by Julia McGinley 

Cover art for "Oh These Urban Fences..." by Julia McGinley 

After months of recording, mixing and mastering, I’m happy to announce The Paisley Field’s first studio EP is almost complete!

Recording Oh These Urban Fences… was a rewarding experience. It took a lot of hard work from a group of talented people. The studio we recorded in was quite possibly the best studio I’ve ever worked at.

The studio, Atomic Sound in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a musician’s play land. The amount of gear available is incredible. I recorded on a Yamaha Grand, Hammond B3 (complete with leslie speaker!) and their 88 key vintage Rhodes.

The Neve VR 60 captured our lush country arrangements with the help of our fantastic producer Jeremy Moses Curtis. Oh These Urban Fences… features a Brooklyn Country mini orchestra with players on cello, mandolin, guitars, banjo, drums, bass, slide, lap steel, organ and of course, piano.

We recorded the EP in three days and mixed it in two. The songs are being mastered this week in Nashville.  

Pre-sales for Oh These Urban Fences… will begin on October 2nd.  Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on the release and to receive exclusive offers! Our listening party will be October 1st in Brooklyn, NY at Branded Saloon.

Check out some photos from the session below:

And The Paisleys Play On…

Andrew Gialanella, lead guitarist for The Paisley Fields

Andrew Gialanella, lead guitarist for The Paisley Fields


It’s not uncommon for bands to lose members. Lineup changes are difficult, but that is a reality of being in a band. Some of the most successful acts in popular music have an almost revolving door of members, bands like Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Paisley Fields have recently gone through some lineup changes. Rob Knopper has decided to leave the group to focus his efforts on classical music. Joe Kimple is pursuing other interests. I wish them success in their future endeavors.

But The Paisleys play on.

Fronting a six plus member band means juggling everyone’s schedules and managing commitments. It’s certainly not the sexiest part of the job. Planning our first tour, I learned how challenging it can be.

I explained to Marty Diamond, a booking agent for the Paradigm Group, that with busy schedules and a tight budget, it’s very difficult to play every show together in New York. Not to mention, it’s almost impossible to tour with the full band. I asked him about touring as a duo or trio.

His response was simple: “Portable and affordable. Do what you have to do.”

So how can a band build a fan base, stay true to their sound and still make a living? Portable and affordable.

Three of us hop in the Volvo and play stripped down sets on regional tours to smaller crowds. And we play together as a full band whenever we can.

Nobody said making it in the music business was easy. If it was everyone would be in a band. Losing two members is a difficult thing for a band.

Alex Feigin, rhythm guitarist and drummer for The Paisley Fields

Alex Feigin, rhythm guitarist and drummer for The Paisley Fields

But when one chapter ends, another begins. The Paisley Fields found some extremely talented musicians to join our gay little country band.  

I am thrilled to introduce the newest members of The Paisley Fields. Andrew Gialanella recently relocated from Nashville and joined the group as the lead guitarist. His playing rivals some of the best in the business.

Alex Feigin is alternating between rhythm guitar and drums for the band. She’s also a wicked beat boxer. Whenever we write our first country beat boxing tune, she will be our girl.

James Steiner joined The Paisley Fields on our last January tour. He plays mandolin and alternates on the drums with Alex.

We are still looking for a full time bass player, but in the meantime Jeremy Moses Curtis will provide bass parts on our EP. He is also producing the EP, due out later this summer.

Our sound is continuing to grow and evolve. Our look may change, but the music is always the most important part of being a Paisley. To play music and share it with others is the greatest gift. It’s something I will never take for granted.

On tour with James Steiner, mandolin player and drummer for The Paisley Fields. 

On tour with James Steiner, mandolin player and drummer for The Paisley Fields. 

Each day I get to bang my calloused fingers against those black and whites, sing some twang and connect with my friends on stage and in the audience makes me feel like the richest man alive.

If you haven’t noticed yet, our website is completely revamped. Big thanks to my friend/publicist/partner-in-crime Pam Dewey for all the hard work she put in getting this thing up. Have a look around. 

Make Art, Not Perfection

I can’t say I’ve ever given a perfect performance. I often walk away thinking I could have done something differently. As an artist and musician, I need to be always improving. On stage, I make choices about the way I play and how I perform.

Perfection is not playing a song or piece through without any mistakes. In this age of pitch correction, it's important to remember slight imperfections or mistakes are often what make a piece of music so beautiful. It’s the human touch that connects us to music and each other.

Live music is about spontaneity. My mentor/piano teacher once told me every performance should be different. At first I didn’t understand, but he explained it could just be a moment or a look that changes. He insisted performers, musicians or other artists must never repeat themselves. This has become my mantra. I vow to never give the same performance. I want to be always growing, always changing.

I believe there is an “it” factor when it comes to music. Something intangible that can’t be articulated. Something otherworldly happens when we play/write/record music. Not everyone can do it, and we must not take this gift lightly. We must respect this power and honor the talent bestowed upon us.

As a piano student, I immersed myself in the study of classical music. More than any other genre, perfection is revered when performing classical music. Listening to an opera or a solo piano recital, mistakes are glaring and viewed as unforgivable. Critics gloat and tomatoes fly. In college, I would spend between two and eight hours in a practice room every day, desperate to perfect those impossible measures in a Beethoven concerto.

As musicians, we place unreasonable standards on ourselves that can be counterproductive. These standards cause insecurity, and we start to doubt ourselves and the choices we make on stage.

Letting go of the idea we need to be perfect is hard. Our culture loves to build people up, just to tear them down. Imagine 1,000 pairs of eyes following your every move. As you fall, 1,000 cell phones document the misstep, immortalizing your failure on YouTube for the entire world to see. The greater your popularity, the bigger the numbers and the farther the fall. It’s no wonder some performers have a debilitating case of stage fright.

Performing is scary, but also exhilarating and rewarding. That’s why musicians do it. We aren’t total masochists.

Musicians take what they do seriously, sometimes too seriously. Perfection doesn’t come from only sitting in a practice room and endlessly going over your part. I’ve grown the most as a performer when I let go and trust myself. Doing that is more difficult than learning the parts I need to play or sing. Practice lays the foundation. The walls, furniture and paint come from actually performing.

Whether I’m performing for five people or five thousand, I intend to give the best of myself for every performance. It may not be perfect, but perfection is so… well boring, right? I’d rather be honest and real.

So go practice your ass off, but don’t do it to be perfect. Do it to be the best you.

I’ll be performing at NYC Pride this year with my band, The Paisley Fields. If you’re in the NYC area, come to the Queer Music Festival at Rockbar on Thursday, June 25th.


Caitlyn Jenner Takes a Brave Step for the Transgender Community

A photo I took at Piotr Uklanski's "Fatal Attraction" exhibit at the Met Museum; "Untitled". 

Caitlyn Jenner made her transition very public this week raising awareness of the “T” in the LGBTQ community.  

So what is it like to be a transgender person? I don’t know. And unless you are a transgender person, neither do you.

We can never truly know what another person is going through. We can try to understand through compassionate conversations and listening with open hearts.

I was talking with a friend about dating. He told me a story from when he was in college in the South. He was pretty certain a guy at the gym was interested in him. They would exchange glances and engage in flirty behavior. But my friend was concerned this guy might be straight, so approaching him could evoke a range of reactions from rejection to physical violence.  He never asked the guy out and found out later the guy was gay. He said he still regrets not approaching him.

But unless you are gay, you have probably never had this concern. I can’t imagine a straight girl would ever get beat up for asking a gay guy out on a date. In reality, the gay guy would probably go on the date, and they’d both have fun.

Isn’t it sad our culture can be so homophobic gay men are afraid to simply approach someone for fear of violent repercussion? I imagine this fear is especially magnified for a transgender person. In 2014, a report stated 226 transgender people were murdered in the US and Europe. I’m guessing the number is much higher.

People in the gay community often joke around saying, “Hey girl!” or “She’s looking like a hot ass mess today,” when referring to another guy. I certainly do. While this is a lighthearted joke between friends, it can quickly turn malicious. Gender identity is not something people take lightly.

As boys we are told, “Be strong. Be tough. Be a man.” This implies anyone who is not strong and tough is not a man.

I have been mocked and ridiculed for labeling myself a man. Even though, I am a man. I’ve even had a female friend state, “You’re not a man.” As though she had the authority to assign my gender identity. The gender we identify with goes down to our core sense of self. To take that lightly shows little respect.

As gay men, we are often seen as less male than our straight counterparts. I’ll compare myself to a “stereotypical” straight man. Let’s go with Derek Jeter, the former Yankees shortstop. Am I less of a man than him? Sure, he’s a much better athlete than me. He’s stronger, but does that mean he is more of a man? If you think he’s more of a man, is it because he trains more? Maybe his biological makeup gives him a more masculine build? Or maybe, he’s not more of a man than me. Maybe we are just different men.

I think the same logic can be applied to anyone who identifies with a gender to which they were not born. They are just different types of men or women.

I’m not asking everyone to feel they constantly need to censor themselves. I am suggesting you choose your words thoughtfully and approach everyone with compassion. Words have the power to hurt and also the power to heal. When you speak, you have a choice to make.

Ultimately, we will never totally understand another person’s experience. But it’s vital for us as humans to try to listen and be accepting as we can. So ask yourself, what is your gender identity based on? My answer is simply, that I am a man. 

"Not Gonna Be Friends" is a song about love, heartbreak and defying masculine gender roles. Buy it here:


There’s No Place like Brooklyn

After a performance with friends at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn 

After a performance with friends at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn 

I’ve been living in Brooklyn for over 10 years. When Im out, people often ask me where Im from. The two most common responses I get are: "Iowa?!!” and “Why New York?!” 

I’ve had my ups and downs. There were moments where I wanted to say “screw it” and leave NYC. Its stressful, smelly, crowded and expensive. I did actually leave for a full year in 2009, when I took a sabbatical in Japan.

Living and working in NYC is not especially easy. People often move here with certain expectations, only to have reality bitch slap them in the face. I have to admit New York wasn’t what I expected. Working three jobs to support myself while chasing an elusive dream can be exhausting.

But today Im proud to say that I make a living playing music in NYC. I’ve worked hard to do that.

As a gay man, the culture of the place I choose to live is important. Coming from a small town in Iowa, it was not exactly fashionable to be gay. It was actually quite terrifying at times. The melting pot is one thing that attracted me to the city. I could be myself without fear of being exiled. It sounds dramatic, but anybody who grew up gay in a small town in the Midwest knows what Im talking about. There is a thriving gay community here, bigger and better than anywhere I’ve been.

As a musician, NYC is almost limitless in the opportunities available. Its more competitive than most places, but if you are willing to do the work, your efforts can pay off. As the saying goes “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

The Paisley Fields on stage at Union Hall earlier this year. Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

The Paisley Fields on stage at Union Hall earlier this year. Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

Some of my favorite performances were in Brooklyn at Pete’s Candy Store, Branded Saloon and Union Hall. A couple years ago, I felt something was missing from the music scene in NYC. So I created a songwriting series for queer songwriters called Unhinged. We developed a following and after a brief hiatus, I will be bringing it back later this summer.

Every day I find inspiration. Whether its talking with a friend on the street, visiting a museum or walking through Prospect Park. Much like my elusive dreams, its hard to articulate exactly what it is about Brooklyn that I love so much. Theres something magnetic about this city. Its unexpected and exciting. Brooklyn has just about everything you could want. Its taken awhile, but I finally feel like Im home.

Next month The Paisley Fields will be playing the Queer Music Festival in Manhattan. It’s one of many LGBTQ music events that happen in this great city and an official pride show. Come see us June 25th at Rockbar with a fresh new lineup and a great group of bands and performers!

The Top 4 Piano Players in Rock, in My Humble O


Elton John performing on New Year's Eve at The Barclay's Center in Brooklyn 

Elton John performing on New Year's Eve at The Barclay's Center in Brooklyn 

This week I am sharing some musicians that inspire me and have a profound impact on the way I create music. Some people may take issue with my use of the word best. Music is very subjective, but in my humble O, these are the best piano players rock music has to offer. I aspire to be in the company of these greats one day.

Elton John

Elton John is probably the most internationally well-known person on this list. He’s a prolific writer and knows how to shred on the piano. I saw him perform live at the Barclay’s Center on New Year’s Eve this year. I started to cry almost hysterically, when he opened the show with “Funeral for a Friend.” It was embarrassing, but his performance was extremely moving. The melodies he writes are unforgettable, and entirely his own. At my wedding, my friends and I performed one of his songs for my husband. His music is truly timeless. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite song, but below are some of my faves of the moment. 

Listen to: Funeral for a friend, Daniel, Candle In The Wind, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and Your Song.

Nina Simone

Considered more of a jazz player than a rock player, she is a musician and artist who defies genres. Her voice is one of a kind, and her playing is beyond impressive. She manages to be an effortless virtuoso. Her influence is far-reaching. There were a few good years where I listened almost exclusively to her music. It speaks to my soul.

Listen to: I Wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, Sinnerman, The Other Woman, Pirate Jenny, and Don’t Let me be Misunderstood.

Tori Amos

When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch MTV. I didn’t let that stop me. I devised a way to wire the TV in the basement to sneak some MTV. As I watched the contraband station, I caught a live performance of Tori Amos on MTV Unplugged. I was blown away. A couple years before, I had started piano lessons and played pretty well. I dreamt of being a rockstar, but everyone on TV played guitars. When I saw Tori killing it on the piano, I was inspired. I hadn’t seen or heard anything like her before. The song that blew me away was “Blood Roses,” a haunting number she played on the harpsichord. The performance gave me courage to follow my dream.

Listen to: Blood Roses, Cornflake Girl, Professional Widow, A Sorta Fairy Tale, and Jackie’s Strength.

Jerry Lee Lewis

There’s no denying Jerry Lee Lewis knows his way around a set of ivories. He is, without a doubt, one of the founding musicians of rock and roll. As a country musician, his later music really resonates with me. His version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me & Bobby McGee” might not be as well-known as Janis Joplin’s, but it’s no less incredible. Nobody plays like Jerry Lee. When you hear him playing you immediately know who is behind the keys.

Listen to: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, Great Balls of Fire, and Me & Bobby McGee.

Honorable Mentions: Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Ben Folds.

I’ll be trying to channel some of these legendary artists next month, when I step into the studio with my band. We are recording four new songs to be released on our first studio EP, along with “Not Gonna Be Friends” later this summer. Download “Not Gonna Be Friends” now, ahead of the full release.

It’s Time to End the Gays vs. Christians Mentality

Book of Samuel 

Book of Samuel 

The Catholic Church is not known as being very accepting of its LGBTQ members. However, Pope Francis has slowly cracked those church doors open to accept all of God’s people.  

I grew up in the Catholic Church. I served as an altar boy. My first job playing music was as the church pianist and assistant music director. My faith and my sexuality are integral parts of me. 

From when I was baptized until I graduated high school, I went to church every Sunday. My parents are devout Catholics. We also attended every holy day mass, Wednesday evening Catechism and attended church while on vacation.

There seems to be a lot of talk about gays vs. Christians in our culture. With all this talk, you would think I heard this pretty regularly in church. Funny enough, I can remember only one time homosexuality was mentioned. A visiting priest who nobody liked suggested that homosexuality was a sin during his homily. That was it.

I never felt unwelcomed or unaccepted at church. It was quite the opposite. As the church pianist, the whole congregation knew me and treated me with respect. I’m sure some people there had a problem with gay people, but I never encountered that there. Most of the homophobia I faced happened in school or socially.

So where does this gay vs. Christians mentality come from? Some argue judging gay people is “loving the sinner, hating the sin.” That is bullshit. By announcing to the world you love gay people, but don’t love their “lifestyle choices” you are missing the point. It is not a “lifestyle choice” for me. This is the way I was born. You are also suggesting you are a better Christian because you were born straight. And you seem to be stating you are a better human being. So because I am gay, I am not a good Christian or human being? As you can imagine, that is incredibly hurtful to hear.

"She's No Angel" is a song I wrote and recorded with my band. It's about a homophobic girl I went to school with who claimed to be a good Christian. Download the song here:

"She's No Angel" is a song I wrote and recorded with my band. It's about a homophobic girl I went to school with who claimed to be a good Christian. Download the song here:

Some people point to excerpts from the Bible to validate their homophobia. In a previous post, I said gay marriage is mentioned nowhere in the Bible. I appear to be wrong. There is a gay love story in the book of Samuel. I’ve included some excerpts from the story of King David and Jonathan, but I encourage you to read the entire thing. I’ve taken these direct quotes from the book of Samuel, Chapters 18-20:

“Jonathan had become fond of David as if his life depended on him.”

“Jonathan entered into a bond with David because he loved him as himself.”

“And in his love for David, Jonathan renewed his oath to him, because he loved him as himself.”

“They kissed each other and wept aloud together. At length Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, in keeping with what we two have sworn by the name of the Lord: ‘The Lord shall be between you and me, and between your posterity and mine forever.’ ”

This story sounds to me like a couple of dudes loved each other and got married. I’m not trying to use the Bible as a weapon. I am quoting these verses to illustrate a point. There are many interpretations of the Bible. I interpret it to say that we should love one another, whether you are a man loving another man, a man loving a woman, or a woman loving a woman. There are many permutations of love, as this passage clearly shows us.

So we need to end the idea that it is gays vs. Christians. One of the cornerstones of the Christian faith is Jesus. One of Jesus’ main teachings was to love one another. When you treat people with love, you don’t judge them because they love someone of the same sex. If you do, you are the one who isn’t acting like a Christian. 

Expressing your opposition to marriage equality is upsetting to members of the LGBTQ community. If you believe it’s ok to hurt other people, then again it is you who is acting in opposition of Jesus’ teachings. If a core belief opposes the religion you claim to be affiliated with, you need to make a choice. Either you’re a Christian, or you’re anti-gay. You can’t have it both ways.

By making anti-gay comments, you are committing a sin. You are simultaneously breaking two of the 10 commandments: don’t judge and love your neighbor. 

The gay community needs to realize these people attacking us are not truly Christians. They may say they are, but talk is cheap.

We are not opposed to Christians. A true Christian loves and accepts us. Accepts, not tolerates. A true Christian would not judge us or say hurtful things.

These homophobes aren’t Christians. They’re just bigots, who are grasping at straws to try and justify their hatred.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the subject. Share your views in the comment section below, email me at jameswilsonmusic @ gmail . com (no spaces), or get the conversation going with family and friends. 

Governor of Louisiana is “Holding Firm” to his Bigoted Agenda

Last week The New York Times published an op-ed declaring, “I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage.” The opinion piece was written by the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. He states,

Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?”

I’m guessing the “sincerely held religious belief” is that gay people do not deserve the same rights as straight people.

Freedom of religion is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. The 14th amendment explicitly states,

No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

This amendment was put in place to prohibit discrimination. Governor Jindal is arguing people should be allowed to discriminate against the LGBTQ community because of their religious views. But what about the rights of the LGBTQ community as citizens of the United States? Why do they not deserve equal protection?

He also claims that Christians are being bullied.

Just before my husband and I left for our honeymoon, we received a letter from a member of my extended family. This person wrote that he/she was sure we could understand why he/she can’t view our commitment as a marriage. It was an extremely hurtful letter to receive from a member of my family, someone I loved and respected.

In that moment, the only person being bullied was me. Bullied simply because I had decided to marry the man I love.

Last year, I attended the wedding of a good friend with my husband. One of his cousins used the “f” word multiple times in front of us. (If you don’t know what that is, google ‘gay f word’.) It eventually dawned on her it’s not a word we like to hear, and she apologized.

Hearing that word or being called that word doesn’t offend me, it hurts me. There is a difference. People are offended when an acquaintance forgets their name or says their haircut is ugly. There are certain words designed to hurt people. That ‘f’ word is one of them.

These are just two examples of hundreds I’ve experienced. It is still incredibly common for LGBTQ people to encounter hate and discrimination, whether at a wedding, walking down the street or simply opening up the mail.

My husband and I on our wedding day. Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

My husband and I on our wedding day. Photo by Lorraine Ciccarelli 

Passing a “no gays allowed” bill pours salt in these still fresh wounds. What Jindal doesn’t understand (or maybe he does and just doesn’t care) is that advocating against marriage equality is bullying the LGBTQ community. He is out there name-calling, suggesting we are lesser than the rest of U.S. citizens.

Jindal is using his power as governor to pass the “Marriage and Conscious Act.” This act “protects” any Louisiana resident from having to provide services to a gay person. Essentially, Betty, the pizza maker, won’t have to make a rainbow-colored pizza for a gay wedding.

We don’t want your damn pizza, Betty. Nobody gets pizza for a wedding anyway.

The Bible never specifically condemns marriage between two men or two women. Some people interpret these marriages as forbidden because of some other passages in the Bible, but it is only that: their personal interpretation.

Condemnation of marriage between two men or two women is written nowhere in the Bible.

It’s very possible you were told that this type of marriage is sinful or wrong growing up, so that’s why you believe it to be true. This would then make it your personal belief, not your religious liberty. And I am not aware of any law that protects you from discriminating against someone based on your personal beliefs. In fact, I think there are several laws prohibiting that.

This week SCOTUS held a historic hearing, listening to arguments for marriage equality. They are expected to rule on the case in June. Assuming the ruling goes in favor of equality, marriage will be legal for us in all 50 states. A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal determined that over 50% of the US population is in favor of legalizing marriage. This is a significant increase in support compared to 1996 when only 25% of Americans were in favor of equal marital rights.

Things are getting better for us. Hopefully within a few months, the Supreme Court will stand on the right side of history, and the legality of marriage in the United States will no longer be up for debate.

Read the full version of Governor Jindal’s article here:

3 Reasons Gay Men Wouldn’t Go To A Miranda Lambert Concert

A couple weeks ago, I went to see Miranda Lambert at Madison Square Garden. She put on an incredible show, and we had a really fun evening. My good friend Nick Deutsch, a fellow singer/songwriter (check out his music in the link below), brought me along. It quickly became apparent that we were the only gay men within eye shot. Looking around arena, it was easy to see that this was a very hetero gathering.

Nick Deutsch and I ready for some country music in NYC

Nick Deutsch and I ready for some country music in NYC

Although I’m not entirely sure what her views are on the gay community, she does have a song called “All Kinds of Kinds” that seems to portray one of the characters, a cross dresser, in a positive light. I wasn’t surprised at the lack of a gay crowd at her concert. Though she does not come across as homophobic to me at all. So, in no particular order, here are the reasons I think gay men wouldn’t go to a Miranda Lambert concert.

1) Gay men can’t relate to, or simply don’t enjoy, her music.

Country music has made great strides in the past few years, but it’s no secret it isn’t the most accepting of genres. Many of my friends love country music, but our community as a whole is not known for their love of country music. It’s possible many of us just don’t really like or can’t relate to her brand of song.

2) Marketing departments aren’t interested in marketing towards the LGBTQ community.   

It’s very possible the marketing department at her label isn’t interested in attracting a gay following. Maybe they think having us at a concert would isolate the typical country fan. Or maybe they just don’t have any interest in targeting the gay market, even though our dollar bills are just as green as everyone else’s.

3) Fear of homophobia   

This is a very rational fear for everyone in the LGBTQ community. The majority of people who are out of the closet (and many who are not) have been the target of homophobia at some point in their lives. I have multiple times, and it’s a very frightening thing. That said, I didn’t experience any of that at the Miranda Lambert concert. In fact, I met several very nice people while waiting in line who promised to listen to The Paisley Fields.

Miranda Lambert on stage at Madison Square Garden

Miranda Lambert on stage at Madison Square Garden

So there you have it, 3 reasons I think gay men wouldn’t go to a Miranda Lambert concert. What are your thoughts? Comment below, and share this post on your social media. In the meantime, check out Nick Deutsch at, and be sure to pick up his new album!

My New Blog: Thoughts on Being a Gay Musician and Songwriter in NYC

New York City has a long history of being a hub for aspiring musicians and songwriters. Before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it was a place where transgender, gay, queer, lesbian, and bisexual people flocked to find a home where they can live openly. Though constantly changing, New York continues to be that place. As a gay musician and songwriter, there was much to compel me to move to Brooklyn. 

My husband and I on our honeymoon in Brazil, March 2015. 

My husband and I on our honeymoon in Brazil, March 2015. 

And now a new community has formed in our fair city. Gay singer/songwriters, bands and artists seem to be increasing exponentially in New York. It’s likely that we’ve always been here, but now we are more visible, forming communities to support each other. I am just one of many out artists living in New York.

In this weekly blog, I will discuss what it’s like to be a gay musician and songwriter. I encourage you to contact me with your questions and comments. I want to get the conversation going. You can post comments below, or email me directly at jameswilsonmusic @ gmail . com (no spaces).  I love hearing from fans and other LGBTQ artists all around the world.