When people talk about “outlaw country” music, they generally don’t think of Patrick Haggerty’s band Lavender Country — but much like Charley Pride and Vic Chesnutt, Lavender Country represents the outermost fringes of the art form known as country music. Formed in 1972 and releasing their seminal self-titled 1973 album — courtesy of the Gay Community Social Services of Seattle — they wore their identity proudly on their sleeves with songs like “Come Out Singin’”, “Back in the Closet Again” and “Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears.” Haggerty tonight carries the torch aloft to illuminate a whole new generation of country fans. When you take the concept of country music at its most basic, out there in America there are bound to be gay people and people of color and people who are paralyzed — what’s stopping them from singing their songs? Also tonight: Sam Buck.
Lavender Country plays with Sam Buck at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 at Zebulon.