Nashville Untucked: Introducing Paige Turner

You have all seen it on RuPaul's Drag Race so don't you think it's time the "T" was spilled on the Nashville's drag scene?

No, I'm not talking about one of those bash columns that have recently become popular that read our queens for filth, but one that would focus on the beauty and wonder of Nashville's drag culture. I for one think it's about time we take our city back to the hay days where Music City ruled the drag world.

Drag is fluid—an art form that cannot be defined by any certain look, type, or style and Nashville is a perfect example of all the variety in the drag world. Nashville is filled with many shows featuring queens from all different walks of life. So whether you're seeing a weekly show at Church Street staples Play Dance Bar, Tribe, and Vibe, downtown at the Attic or in East Nashville for Mad Donna’s weekly Drag Bingo, there is one guaranteed to fill your every drag need.

Nashville … Untucked will be your "go-to guide" to what's happening and going on in our drag community so that you are better connected and entertained. I will be highlighting local shows, performances, and entertainers within our city to bring you all the "T" on what went down, where it went down, and who it went down with.

So to kick us off in this first-ever pride edition of "Nashville … Untucked," I’ve been asked by O&AN to let you know a little about me. My name is Paige Turner and I’m a local drag entertainer/emcee. Born in Cookeville, I’m a Tennessee native residing in Nashville for the last six years. I’ve been performing in the art of drag for three years and have loved every minute of it.

Having a very unique style ranging from high fashion couture to your classic drag looks, you never know what you are going to catch me in. The past year I was lucky enough to be voted "Nashville's Best Drag Performer 2012" by The Nashville Scene and to be profiled in Pin Up America.

At heart I’m a comedian. Give me a mic and a live audience and I feel more at home than and I’ve felt anywhere else. You can catch me all over town starting at Play Dance Bar for Sindustry Sundays with shows at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. where you can get in for free until midnight. Then see me for Mondays Are A Drag at Tribe with a free show at 9:30 p.m.. On Tuesday nights, you can come on down and play some Drag Bingo with me at Mad Donnas in East Nashville. This cover-free event is a great show with amazing prizes and starts at 8:30 p.m.. That’s three shows in one week where you can get in for no cover charge.

With all these shows, plus several more around town, where have y’all been? Our guess was you just didn't know so we think it's time you are more informed so come on out, get your tipping bills ready, and party ‘til the lights go out. There are so many amazingly talented drag performers in our area and we’re more than excited to bring you the scoop! Until then, in the famous words of RuPaul, " You..Betta..Werk!"

Want to know the “T”? Follow Paige Turner on Twitter @PaigeTurner01 or ‘like’ Paige’s Facebook page.

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