Meet Orville Peck, the masked country music star

The mysterious country singer known as Orville Peck is writing the most honest music of his career despite the fact that he sings lonesome old-time country songs under a mask.
Orville Peck performing in the q music studio in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

The mysterious singer known as Orville Peck is putting a modern spin on classic country. Donning a mask and a stage name, Peck doesn't conform to the genre, but instead brings a queer perspective to his music that has fans and critics buzzing.

He dropped by the q music studio for a conversation with host Tom Power and to perform a few songs off his brand new album, Pony.

"I've always thought of country as this massive genre," said Peck. "There's so much room for diversity within country music and I think it gets a bad rap because people have a certain idea of what they think country music is. I just love the bold storytelling in it."

Watch Peck's performances in the q music studio below. He'll be going on tour soon with dates throughout the summer.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation and live studio session with Orville Peck.

— Produced by ​Mitch Pollock

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