Lavender Country, the band formed, re-formed
and fronted by Bremerton’s Patrick Haggerty, will
play a 40-minute set at the fabled South by
Southwest music festival.
Additionally, a 15-minute documentary film about Haggerty and
the band, “These C*cksucking Tears,” will be
screened on three occasions during SXSW’s film festival. (The photo
of Haggerty below is a still from the film.)
Haggerty, now 72, wrote the songs for Lavender Country’s
eponymous album, which was released in 1973. Touted as the first
openly gay country music, it received limited exposure at the time
and fell into obscurity until it was
re-issued in 2014 by an archival label and garnered both critical
acclaim and considerable media attention.
SXSW’s Web site describes the album “Lavender Country” as
“nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political
protest document of enormous power, clarity and grace.”
Haggerty, in a May 2014 Kitsap Sun story, said
he considered the album, at the time it was first released, to be
“a bootleg, basically. It was a lyrical description of the problems
gay men were facing at the time.
“And now, here’s this younger generation of aficionados who are
behind this revival. They want to hear what it says. That
represents a huge cultural shift.”
The film, directed by Dan Taberski, gets its
title from one of “Lavender Country’s” songs, “Cryin’ These
C*cksuckin’ Tears.” The 15-minute documentary covers Haggerty’s
upbringing in rural northern Washington, the making of the album
and its discovery 40 years later by the North Carolina record label
Paradise of Bachelors.
Lavender Country perform a SXSW showcase set at noon March 19 at
the Hideout Theatre.