Entries by Brad Delaney

World’s First Gay Country Musician Finds Hope While Touring The Heartland

Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina. Over the past year, Patrick Haggerty ― frontman of Lavender Country, the first band to perform openly gay country music ― has been gallivanting across Trump country. The band’s most popular song, “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears,” might make those who voted for the new president-elect uncomfortable. It’s a bluntly sung story about […]

Uncovering the first gay country album

When Patrick Haggerty made the first openly gay country album in 1973, it wasn’t exactly a good career move. “It was an absolutely radical act,” he says. “I wasn’t interested in a career in music. I was born to kick open the closet door.” That album, the eponymously named Lavender Country, recorded by the band […]

CMT Artists: Lavender Country

While Lavender Country were little known outside the Pacific Northwest and only released one self-distributed album, in their time they created a genuine cultural milestone — the first collection of openly gay-themed country songs. Lavender Country were the brainchild of Patrick Haggerty, who was born and raised in Dry Creek, a small rural community near […]

Gay History: Lavender Country

Another Pacific Northwest first: Patrick Haggerty, well-known political activist, Gay liberationist, fabric artist, musician, and songwriter for the earliest openly Gay L.P, Lavender Country, was recently archived in the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. Chris Dickenson, editor of the Journal of Country Music, took it upon herself to investigate Gay people in country music […]

First Openly Gay Country Band to Play Hopscotch

In what appears to be a response to the state’s controversial House Bill 2, Hopscotch announced Wednesday that Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, will play the music festival this fall. Lavender Country will play a rare show at Fletcher Opera Theater on Saturday, Sept. 10. It will be the band’s first concert […]