Even in this presumably enlightened era, the phrases “country music” and “gay” seem to be mutually exclusive, but that didn't stop Lavender Country from releasing the first album of homosexual country songs … way back in 1973. The Seattle quartet probably would have remained a mere footnote in country-music history if an article about gay country singers hadn't appeared in the Journal of Country Music in 2001 and sparked renewed interest in Patrick Haggerty and the band. Tunes like “Back in the Closet” and “Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears” might initially appear to be novelty songs, but they're drenched in authentically down-home fiddles and lovelorn harmonies, and the overall mood is more heartfelt than cheaply sarcastic.
Sun., March 16, 8 p.m., 2014
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