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Lavender Country, Jenny Don't & the Spurs, Soft Butch


The Fixin' To North
Sat Aug 11, 2018, 9 pm 21+


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Recommended by Robert Ham

Country music is still overwhelmingly heterosexual, even with the success of openly gay acts like Little Bandit and Brandy Clark. Forty-five years ago, the situation was even worse, with the Nashville establishment opening their minds just enough to allow an African American artist Charley Pride through the gates. Stepping out of the closet and onstage at the Grand Ole Opry? That would have been a death sentence. That’s what makes the lone album by Seattle outfit Lavender Country such a remarkable outlier. Released initially as a private press LP in 1973, it was the first gay country album ever, beating out Peter Grudzien’s The Unicorn by a year. But where Grudzien’s work was steeped in the psych-folk underground of his New York home, led by singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty, Lavender Country attempted to keep up with the sleepy honky tonk balladry and jumped-up boot-stompers of the time. Even though the band played shows up and down the West Coast, Lavender Country didn’t make a dent in the cultural consciousness of the time. Haggerty hung up his spurs for the next four decades, concentrating on activism and raising a family. The project has finally gotten its due in recent years, thanks to a reissue of the album by North Carolina label Paradise of Bachelors, which has inspired Haggerty to dust off his guitar and cowboy hat and play shows around the US. The messages in the music sadly still resonate to a modern audience, but they no longer have to be delivered from the shadows.

The Fixin' To

8218 N Lombard, Portland, OR 97203
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  • Sat Aug 11, 2018, 9 pm