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Liam Bechen

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liam bechen (liam and the bees) is a 27-year-old social worker by day, rockstar by night (and afternoon). he has been making music from a young age, smashing the keys of his fischer price dinosaur piano and making up songs when he was knee high to a grasshopper. music became a central focus of his life in high school. (he has a secret past as a poodle-skirt-wearing dancin’-singin’ double threat.)

at the age of 21, he began learning the guitar in the middle of a stickysweet july night and nothing has been the same since. liam also plays the ukulele and uses found objects for occasional percussion. he has toured extensively with his former band, a is for &, with the tranny roadshow*, and has toured as a solo artist with the trans-genre transfusions II national tour. liam is the author of a chapbook of poems, rattling bones (backpocket press; portland, OR: 2009). he self-released his first LP, hotel sex, in 2009.

music, for liam, has always been about the therapeutic and divine connection he experiences through jammin’. as he explains it: “music is something i connect best with when i’m alone in my house, in my pajamas, on the couch.” liam’s music combines folk, americana, country, a little bit of the blues, some jazz, with definite pop rock overtones (or so he fancies). musicians like schuyler fisk, kina grannis, darius rucker, the mallett brothers band, old crow medicine show, cee-lo green, and jim croce heavily influence liam’s work. liam’s gender and his queerness are focal points in his work — his music often bends, like his gender, from good old-fashioned love songs to queered-up spiritual anthems of intersectional social justice. give him a listen – you won’t be sorry.

on the use of the word “tranny” (especially as a trans masculine person) – “WHAT Roadshow!?: The Tranny Roadshow and the Language of Identity”

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