Masked Cowboy Orville Peck Moves Town Ballroom Crowd With His Memorable Voice | Music
Known for his brooding and brooding classic country style, Peck and his band displayed an unexpected exuberance from a “gothic cowboy”, tearing up songs like “Turn to Hate”, “Queen of the Rodeo” and their cover of Bronski Beat Boy’s “Small Town”. “
Peck took the time between songs to share his thoughts and feelings about the music he shared as well as the things that inspired them. When he spoke about “Queen of the Rodeo” he implored everyone to go to a drag show, applauding the hard work of the performers and seeing them as the latest form of subversive art.
He stepped away from the guitar at one point to perform this tour’s namesake, “Drive Me Crazy,” on piano, and also performed the duet he recorded with fellow Canadian Shania Twain, “Legends Never Die ”. Twain wasn’t in the house to sing his parts, but Peck’s band member Bria Salmena provided a great backup.
At the end of the night, the rowdy crowd got a chance to escalate the stampede, whistles and applause at the Orville Peck fan club induction, when fans were encouraged to join in “Take You Back (The Call of Iron Hoof Cattle).
In the end, the crowd didn’t care about the face behind the mask; all fans needed was her voice to get them moving. In a crowd full of masked people, he was just one of us and we were one with him.