I've always been glad I made the album. So they package us as straight, and we let them. Certainly, the lyrics on Lavender Country are funny, furious, explicit and touching: The first in a very short line of out-and-proud country records, the LP has been an obscure curio for most of the intervening four decades, but its recent rerelease has thrown fresh light on the difficult relationship between lesbian and gay people and America's most conservative music genre. Now that it's been boosted by a lavish rerelease on the hip US indie label Paradise of Bachelors, Haggerty hopes the album will, finally, "enter the lexicon of significant American music" and be judged on its artistic merits. Gay themes aside, Lavender Country is in many ways a classic country record, with its keening harmonies, rolling piano and cracked heart.
Like kd lang, year-old Wright came out publicly having already established a successful career.
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When Lavender Country played a one-off show in Los Angeles recently, for the first time ever their audience was not primarily gay. We have to love each other and get on with each other. Brooks was an ally long before other country musicians even considered it an option: Like kd lang, year-old Wright came out publicly having already established a successful career. Dolly has been a champion of LGBT rights, not to mention a gay icon, for most of her career. The area where Haggerty grew up was a country stronghold. It gave definition to ourselves, rather than accepting the absurd definition handed down by society.
While Wright is a successful — if divisive — gay country artist, it was Patrick Haggerty who helped open the door, despite never making it through himself. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering. I get support from progressive country fans, but in equal measure I'm told that it's a deal-breaker for other fans. Wright believes the notion of Nashville as a deeply conservative town is simplistic. When the album was previously reissued, inits historic value was recognised with a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Show 25 25 50 All.