“I don’t care if you don’t think I’m country,” Sings Andrew Sa on 'Little Lamb,' one of two songs premiering on Holler today. “It’s at the heart of me."
When Sa took to the stage at the day-long Cosmic Country Cookout with Lavender Country and Dougie Poole last year, just months before Patrick Haggerty died, it almost felt like a passing of the torch between two generations of queer country artists.
Chicago’s Cowboy crooner Andrew Sa's double-sided single is the perfect introduction to his dreamy country and western soundscapes. It feels like an old Chet Baker song or something that would play on the opening credits to a David Lynch movie; the music curling up like smoke as his voice slips an ethereal melody into the spotlight.
“I like to call this song my mission statement,” Sa told us about ‘Little Lamb’.
“It really speaks for itself. After meeting and befriending legend Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country, I wanted to write a song that proclaimed my gentle queerness and shined light on the power of understanding.”
The other side of the double-A, ‘Dark Phoenix’, is a steamy mix of spaghetti western and the kind of countrified rockabilly that Chris Isaak was putting out in the mid-80s.
“Dark Phoenix surrounds my high school sweetheart Matt Palazzolo and his untimely death. Much like Jean Grey, he had a fire beyond his control. When a lover dies you become the sole bearer of those private memories. This is my attempt at sharing and immortalizing them — and him.”
‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘Little Lamb’ are premiering exclusively on Holler below.