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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Critic's Pick: Lavender Country to Perform at Off Broadway This Friday, July 15

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 6:26 AM

Patrick Haggerty in 2013 - PHOTO VIA PARADISE OF BACHELORS
  • Photo via Paradise of Bachelors
  • Patrick Haggerty in 2013

There are precious few bands who only release one album but see that record go on to live a life of its own. The original Modern Lovers and the Germs pulled this off, but in quieter corners of the music world, Lavender Country holds this distinction. Back in 1973, Patrick Haggerty sought to make the first gay country music record, and the band’s self-titled record mixed the hop-along tropes of country with Haggerty’s own experiences as a young gay man navigating his rural Washington upbringings through to the social upheaval that laid the foundation for today’s LGBTQIA+ movement. Lavender Country has been reissued a few times over the years, and for this tour Haggerty will revisit the album with help from St. Louis musicians including Jack Grelle, Melinda Cooper, Isaac Cherry and Chris Baricevic.

Wave Rider: This show marks the debut of Janewave, the acoustic folk-inclined project of Rip Rap and Swear Beam member Sam Pounders.

Watch a 2014 video of Lavender Country performing in LA below:

Lavender Country
8 p.m. Friday, July 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10. 314-773-3363.

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