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Paisley Fields takes us to church in a ‘plastic rosary’ [WATCH]

Brooklyn’s Paisley Fields teaches a sermon on the power of queer country music on “Plastic Rosary,” the second single from their upcoming album Soft wrist.

growing up queer and Catholic is a surefire way to produce conflicting emotions, but doing so in Iowa is its own experience. In their latest music video, directed by RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Honey Davenport, Paisley recreates their experience at church.

With lush imagery reminiscent of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”, Paisley illustrates the tension and loneliness of their experience – transcending to a crescendo of anger at the end of the song, and crushing their rosaries into stigmata, a not-so-subtle gesture towards who is really persecuted in conservative Christian communities.

The song marks a departure from Paisley’s wry sense of humor and honky-tonk. Here, Paisley’s voice achieves a fragility reminiscent of altar boys and a strength that comes from righteous fury. It’s one of their most vulnerable songs to date, and it reminds us that queer country artists have a wide range of unique experiences to contribute to country and American music.

“My first job was playing piano for the Immaculate Conception Church outside of Hudson [Iowa] where I grew up,” Paisley tells The Boot. “The music director was very supportive and let me play whatever I wanted for the prelude. As a mini-rebellion, I was playing songs like Tori Amos’ “Icicle” or other songs that I thought the Catholic Church would be pissed off about. ‘Plastic Rosary’ is about my experience growing up in the church.”

Watch the official music video for “Plastic Rosary” below:

Soft wrist will be released via Don Giovanni records on August 26th. official site.

13 John Prine Lyrics That Prove He Wrote Like No One Else

John Prine could write a song like no one else. Throughout her five-decade career, the folk icon has proven to be one of a kind.

Prine’s lyrical stories were both fantastical and simple; he wrote with a Midwestern honesty and humor that kept listeners spellbound. His catalog, spanning 18 albums, contains vivid stories (“Lake Marie”), insightful looks at the human condition (“Hello in There”) and sweet love songs (“Aimless Love”).

Impressively, Prine was only in his twenties when he wrote songs of his most beloved songs, from “Sam Stone” to “Angel From Montgomery.” He received critical and industry acclaim, though his work was not particularly commercially successful, and his songs were covered – and made into hits – by everyone from George Strait to Miranda. Lambert, among others.

These 13 lyrics by Prine – largely taken from the choruses of his songs – are among his best: