“Contraltos” is a word that can conjure images of the 1930s, when American musicians were playing this beloved country music style.
But there’s a new word for it: the “western” singer.
The word has been gaining currency on social media, especially among fans of the country-rockers.
It’s a common misconception that it’s a reference to the country singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 at the age of 62.
It is, however, derived from the Latin word for “singer” (contraltus), meaning “soprano.”
“Contraltocos” was originally written as a nickname for singer-songwriter Steve Perry, according to Wikipedia.
The singer-actress later released her first solo album, “I Know You’re Real,” and also had a hit single, “What I’m Really Looking For.”
According to Wikipedia, the term first gained popularity in the late 1960s, with “Controles” being a play on the word “contral” (a reference to “coronavirus”), which means to have an illness.
In 2012, Perry was featured in a documentary about the virus, “Contrails,” which included a scene in which he sings “Contracolos,” the nickname for his band.
“You know, the word ‘contracoloso’ has always had a kind of connotation of a bad person,” Perry said in the documentary.
“I’ve always felt like I’m a bad singer, so I’ve always kind of been very outspoken about that, and people have always taken that as a joke.
But I’m not a bad guy, I’m just really bad at singing.
And that’s how I’ve kept it.”
The term gained momentum after Perry’s 2010 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” where he performed “Controlto” in the song “The Last of the Contras.”
The video featured a montage of Perry’s country roots.
He has since released albums and toured the country.
On Monday, Perry released a new song, “It’s a Contralto,” which he said is a homage to his roots and his love of the band.
“I feel like the ‘contraltoco’ is a way to say, ‘You know what?
I’m really not that bad at this.
I’m still doing good,'” he said.
“The only thing I’m doing is singing, and that’s all that matters.
I mean, it’s not about my songwriting or anything like that.
But it’s about love, it really is.”
Perry told the Hollywood Reporter that he feels like the term is a good way to honor his roots.
“It’s about the fact that I came from a small town in New Mexico, and so to be able to sing a song that celebrates my roots and where I came up, it is a nice tribute to my roots,” he said, according a transcript of his interview with the Hollywood Press.
“So it’s really about the love, and it’s also about the music.”
Perry said he is not a big country music fan.
“If you really look at it, it would be like if I was a country-pop star, I would love to have a lot of country music,” he told the outlet.
“And I don’t really like country music at all.
I think it’s just too melodramatic and not really my kind of thing.
But the way I am is so much more country than country.”
A song called “Contracolos” appears on “Contras” by Steve Perry.
Perrys current band, The Contraltas, will be performing a show at the San Francisco International Film Festival.