Orville Peck Essentials

Apple Music Alternative

Orville Peck Essentials

Orville Peck’s queer subversion of country-music tropes—along with the camp of his ever-present fringed mask and the melodrama of his croon—made him an icon of the genre’s progressive late-2010s resurgence. The Canadian cowpoke carved out his own niche with songs like the haunting “Queen of the Rodeo,” about a real-life drag queen named Thanks Jem, and “Dead of Night,” which uses twangy tremolo to express the loneliness of losing a partner in crime. Notably, he draws plenty of influence from the classic vocal stylings of Roy Orbison, and his own sultry baritone sounds timeless alongside Shania Twain on the indestructible “Legends Never Die.”