San Francisco-located LGBTQ+ singer-songwriter Shawna Virago is a seasoned musician whose lyrically relevant material usually falls into the antifolk/punk genres.
Virago is a pioneer in the music field, being one of the first out transgender artists in the nation in the early 1990s. She’s always had a strong creative streak and is also known as a filmmaker and published writer.
During the pandemic Virago was hard at work on new material and she just released her second single, “High Road No. 6,” with an entertaining accompanying video.
The track goes off the beaten path, taking a cowpunk-inspired alternative country turn that’s a mix of city grit and country twang.
Virago comments, "I'd been a little depressed from the non-stop level of hate aimed at trans people, and needed to write something that gave me some hope and comfort. I needed something to supercharge my resilience."
The defiant and tuneful “High Road No. 6” does just that, rambling on by with Virago’s drawling country-folk vocals, signature acoustic guitar picking, and rhythmic drumming from Lien Bao Do.
The music video is a veritable hoot, shot in the bay of San Francisco and featuring a dapper Virago on guitar and two cheerleading disco-cowboys in Daisy Dukes kicking up their boots and shaking their poms-poms.
“High Road No. 6” is available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, Apple Music, Amazon mp3, Spotify, and TRANIMAL RECORDS.