As we look back on 2022 and before we look forward to 2023, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to the important individuals in country music who left us over the last year, and who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. 2022 saw some absolute titans of the music leave us.
Lavender Country frontman, singer, songwriter, and the man who is widely recognized as the first openly gay country artist, Patrick Haggerty, has died according to his record label Don Giovanni Records. “Patrick Haggery was one of the funniest, kindest, bravest, and smartest people I ever met,” the label said.
If you were writing a detailed history on country music, compiling a timeline of significant moments in the genre, or a list of firsts experienced over the years, you would be remiss if you did not at least give mention to Patrick Haggerty and his band Lavender Country.
Blackberry Rose, Bobby Dove, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Jimbeau Hinson, KD Lang, Kristen Hall, Lavender Country, Melissa Carper, Orville Peck, Review, Sarah Shook, The Highwomen, Trixie Mattel, Tyler Childers
2018 was a high water mark when it came to the amount of diversity showcased by the organization and its community. But still the criticism for Americana’s lack of diversity have grown louder, bolstered by the current political climate where many feel they need to insist upon more diversity.