These C*cksucking Tears: A Night with Lavender Country
Reprising the “Lavender Country” event that packed the house at Off Broadway in July, SLIFF offers a film-and-concert combo featuring country singer Patrick Haggerty backed by a band of local musicians. In 1973, Haggerty released the first and only gay-themed country-music album. But with only 1,000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth. Forty years later, “Lavender Country” was rediscovered and lauded by critics as “resonant and wonderful” and “a rare act of bravery and honesty.” The program kicks off with Dan Taberski’s documentary short “These C*cksucking Tears” (U.S., 2015, 16 min.), which revisits the voice behind the album — now in his 70s and singing "old songs to old folks" at senior-living facilities. The documentary explores Haggerty’s resuscitated singing career and his relationship to a music industry where "you can come out as gay but you still can't get up and sing about it." After the short, Haggerty does just that: get up and sing about it. He’s joined by the Lavender Country band, which features St. Louisan Jack Grelle and a host of others.
These C*cksucking Tears
The man behind the world's first and only gay-themed country music album, 40 years after its release.