Country music's not for bigots, says Lavender Country frontman

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Lavender Country, the first known country album about gay love, has been re-released for a new generation 40 years after its creation.

On the occasion of the unapologetic record's reemergence, guest host Piya Chattopadhyay checks in with the band's frontman Patrick Haggerty, who reflects on the music meant then and why it still matters now.

Country music is for anyone who likes it

Haggerty notes that he and his band weren't trying to be subversive by singing about being gay in 1973. There simply was no way to raise the issue back then without being provocative, so once they decided to go for it "there was no point in mincing words".

"I didn't write those rules. I just had to live by 'em," he says, adding that his music was not for his mother, the pope or mainstream America.

Since the album's first release four decades ago, the singer-songwriter says that the line has shifted. These days, it's not about who's gay and who isn't, it's about who's a bigot and who isn't.

It's time to get over who we think country music is for, he adds. 

"Country music is for anyone who likes it," he says. "It's not for bigots. It never has been."

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