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Bandcamp Fridays enter their third year

I still can’t do anything but guess about the long-term significance of last month’s news that Bandcamp has been acquired by Epic Games. Or maybe I should say “worry,” not “guess.” I cherish Bandcamp because it caters to artists who have little to no interest in the mainstream music business, and I don’t want that […]

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‘I don’t need fans, I need comrades’

Patrick Haggerty has just made me cry. Though we’re talking over Zoom, a day before the 78-year-old heads out on tour in support of his second record, Blackberry Rose and Other Songs & Sorrows, Haggerty’s passion and concern cut through, creating immediate intimacy despite the digital mediation. I feel lucky to be in conversation with […]

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Lavender Country come to town more than four decades after releasing the first openly gay country album

Lavender Country front man Patrick Haggerty is a true American rebel. Raised on a tenant dairy farm in Washington State, Haggerty grew up knee-deep in 40s and 50s country music—he spent his childhood listening to Canadian country radio, and when he was nine started playing tunes on a guitar his father gave him. When Haggerty […]