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THE FIRST GAY COUNTRY BAND IS ADOPTED BY A NEW GENERATION OF RADICALS

by Mark Van Streefkerk | Feb 11

Lavender Country, the first known gay country band formed in 1972, has found a new audience, and founder Patrick Haggerty has a certain way of describing them: “I call them the pink-haired, anarcho, fuck-you crowd. Now you know who I’m talking about, right? And listen, they are my comrades.”

I interviewed Haggerty over the phone about Lavender Country’s revival, and he raved about his new supporters. He said that young people were largely responsible for the Seattle-based band’s recent recognition, especially those who facilitated their 2016 Seattle show at the now-defunct Office Space. The show kicked off a new wave of interest in the band, which has been performing with a rotating lineup of local musicians, and Haggerty, “The Grandfather of Gay Country,” singing and playing guitar at the helm. He expects the “pink-haired, anarcho screamers” at Saturday’s all-age show at the Black Lodge, where Lavender Country will play with Portland punk band Soft Butch.

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Mark is a Gen X / Millennial cusp who has been at different points an English Major college dropout, bike messenger, vegan line cook, zinester, barista, dog walker as well as the author of Spookytooth, a young adult queer/transgender teen witch novel.

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