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 in North Carolina.

The band released what is considered to be the first openly gay country music album in 1973, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The album fought back against homophobia with tracks like “Back in the Closet Again.” It struggled for airplay and one Seattle DJ even had her FCC license revoked for playing one of its tracks.

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