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Video: Orville Peck, coming to SLC, talks about duet with Willie Nelson

Country music aficionados have been buzzing with excitement as the genre experiences a renaissance of sorts. From Beyoncé’s electrifying Cowboy Carter to the glitz of the CMT Music Awards, it’s a thrilling time to be a fan. But perhaps the most talked-about moment came with the release of Orville Peck and Willie Nelson’s rendition of “Cowboys are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other.”

In an interview with GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos, the enigmatic Orville Peck shed light on this monumental collaboration and much more.

Reflecting on the journey that led to this project, Peck confessed, “I’m still pinching myself. It’s been a long time coming, this collaboration. Willie actually approached me about it a couple of years ago.” Clearly a dream come true for Peck, who has been a lifelong admirer of Nelson’s work, the experience remains surreal even now.

The song itself, originally recorded by Latin country artist Ned Sublette in the 80s, holds a special place in Peck’s heart. But it was Nelson’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community that truly resonated with him.
“The fact that Willie stands alongside the LGBTQIA+ community by doing this song just shows what an amazing person he is, what a legend he is,” Peck said. “It’s a win for all of us because that’s true allyship. Someone who’s completely unafraid to be right there next to us; there’s no vagueness involved.”

Peck drew parallels between Nelson and another country music icon, Dolly Parton, hailing them as “the last patron saints of country music.” He commended their fearlessness in challenging the traditional confines of the genre, applauding their willingness to break barriers.

However, it was Nelson’s playful suggestion for the music video that caught everyone’s attention. Peck revealed, “Willie wanted to get gay married in the music video.” With Nelson’s wife, Annie, making a cameo, the video, shot at Nelson’s Texas ranch, became an unforgettable testament to inclusion and love.
Looking ahead, Peck teased his upcoming album, “Stampede,” hinting at a diverse collection of duets that showcase both traditional and experimental country sounds. And after a hiatus from live performances last year, Peck is gearing up for the Stampede Tour, promising fans an electrifying experience.

As country music continues to evolve, Peck remains optimistic about its inclusivity. “Country music is more than just country music culture,” he asserted, highlighting the genre’s rich diversity. “There’s this entire world that we thought was supposed to be for straight white men in lifted trucks. But the reality is it’s for everyone.”

As part of the Stampede Tour, Peck is coming to Salt Lake City’s Union Events Center at 235 N. 500 West on August 9. Tickets are available at

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