Patrick Haggerty and his band Lavender Country (top left) played Seattles very first Pride.
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  • Patrick Haggerty and his band Lavender Country (top left) played Seattle's very first Pride.

Real talk: Homosexuality and country music aren't the most compatible concepts, even in 2014. So an openly gay country band singing explicitly gay lyrics... in the early 1970s?

Lavender Country—with the original lineup of lead singer and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, keyboardist Michael Carr, vocalist and fiddle-player Eve Morris, and lead guitarist Robert Hammerstrom—formed in Seattle in 1972, and their self-titled 1973 album is recognized as the first gay-themed country album ever. The album's 10 songs are sweet, funny, liltingly lo-fi, and—with lyrics like "There's milk and honey flowin' when you're blowin' Gabriel's horn" and a song straight-up called "Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears"—super gay by any era's standards...

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And note that Lavender Country plays the Pride parade and at PrideFest at Seattle Center at 1 p.m. tomorrow!