Let’s get this out of the way: Orville Peck wears a mask. Any press coverage of the Canadian-based country-music singer is all but obligated to mention this. But attire is hardly the most interesting thing about the pseudonymous crooner. On Peck’s full-length debut, Pony, released in March, he sings about the highway at night, jail, and revenge—all perennial themes in country music. But Peck manages to subvert the tropes of the genre, with a healthy dose of desperado flair and cowboy camp aesthetics.
Since releasing Pony, Peck has sold out shows across the country, owing, in part, to his persona as a country loner, veiled in fringe and heartbreak. And though his identity remains a mystery, his sexuality doesn’t: He’s openly gay, and one of the few country-music artists who is. Recently, Men’s Journal caught up with Peck by phone from Toronto, Ontario, to talk about the current state … Read the rest