Country Queer

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CQ Presents: Lavender Country and Secret Emchy Society

Country Queer is making its first foray into live music, with a November 15th show at Starling Bar in Sonoma, featuring pioneering gay country band Lavender Country and Oakland’s Secret Emchy Society.

[Ed.: BREAKING: Award-winning songwriter Mya Byrne will also be on the bill!]

“Live music is something we’ve always known we needed to get into,” says Country Queer’s founder, Dale Henry Geist. “When we heard that Patrick [Haggerty, front man for Lavender Country] was going to be in the area, we jumped at the chance to put together a show. Cindy [CQ’s editor, Cindy Emch, who fronts Secret Emchy Society] signed up right away to support Lavender Country. When I took the package to one of my favorite local venues, Starling Bar in Sonoma, they were all the way into it.”

In less than two months on the scene, Country Queer has already made a mark, filling a neglected niche in the world of country and Americana with its robust support of LGBTQ+ voices. “The magazine is all about looking at country from a queer perspective, the merch gives people a chance to show their pride out in the world, and our live shows are where people can really come together to enjoy the music they love,” says Geist. “We can’t wait to do more!”

The show will be free of charge, and Country Queer merchandise will be available for purchase. More info here.