The burgeoning popularity of the gay, old-timey duo Y'All gives hope to a weary world. Y'All is James Dean Jay Byrd (his real name) and Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer partners in life, love, and weird/classic/dadaist country music for nearly a decade. After years in New York City, the pair relocated to Nashville in 1998 and have been having a blast touring the country in a trailer, using Music City as a solid and surprisingly welcoming home base.
I recently got a chance to spin their brand new CD, Hey, Y'All!, the sound track to the first season of their very own TV show. "The easiest way to describe it is a cross between Hee Haw and Sonny and Cher," said Byrd in an interview with the Advocate in April. The show boasts an A-list cadre of Nashville musicians, plus contests, special guests, and lots of endearing appearances by Kristi Rose, the Jingle Girl who sings the show's opening number with a sprightly twang:
| Way down in a town called Music City |
There's a couple of fellas and they sing real pretty
And you can't miss 'em, 'cause one of 'em wears a dress.
So sit right down and they'll sing a song
And next time 'round you'll be singing along
Till all your troubles couldn't matter less.