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Orville Peck’s authenticity is the most punk-rock thing about him

Go beyond the fringe mask in this interview with LGBTQ+ and country icon Orville Peck for his debut Alternative Press magazine cover.

December 21, 2020
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As 2020 comes to a close, we’re ready to ring in a new year. Along with all of the unavoidable end-of-year memes, there’s a lingering hope around the start of 2021. As we’re all gearing up for a new year, we here at Alternative Press are preparing for our most monumental year to date. In an AltPress first, we’re honored to welcome LGBTQ+ and country icon Orville Peck to his debut AP cover.

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In a swift rise to fame, Peck was caught in a whirlwind of immediate success with his debut record, Pony, and 2020 follow-up EP, Show Pony. Despite planting his roots firmly in the country community, Peck dances on the edge of the alternative world with his groundbreaking sound and aesthetic. Effortlessly becoming a fashion icon through his fringe mask and quintessential cowboy style, Peck offers an undeniable authenticity through both his music and his message.

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Although Peck has been inspired by country legends such as Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, he’s taken the dusty road less traveled on his rise to superstardom.

In Peck’s recently released mini-documentary The Orville Peck Story, he says, “I had worked in the music world previously many years ago, and I took a big break from making music because I think I felt really disheartened. After taking a long break away from it, I gained a new confidence to just be the artist I always wanted to be. It just snowballed, and one thing led to another.”

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On his debut album and EP, Peck has opened himself up to an entirely new and evolving world of country music—one that’s more understanding, accepting and larger than life. Throughout the January 2021 cover, issue 390, Peck explores his confidence and realness in a new interview and photo shoot shot by Gordon Nicholas. You can order issue 390 featuring Orville Peck here.

Written by Paige Owens

After growing up listening to artists such as Type O Negative, Paige has always aspired to be a part of the AltPress team. Currently, the Editor In Chief, Paige spends most of her downtime listening to old Queen records from her mum, collecting crystals, spending time with her four (yes, four) fur babies and long-term partner. Paige's goal is to continue to promote music to a new generation of listeners and amplify marginalized voices in the music industry.