Joel Brogon is a Folk/Americana artist from South Texas, living near the US/Mexico Border at the Rio Grande River. His influences range from classic Singer/Songwriters, Folk music of the 70’s, and 90’s Country. Brogon’s focus as a songwriter is telling stories based on his own life experiences and of those around him, and often uses music to reflect on nature, LGBTQ+ issues, and the environment. He loves connecting with audiences in small, intimate venues like coffeehouses, farmers markets, listening rooms, home concerts and sometimes just the front porch. A local activist and community spiritual leader, Joel lives with his husband Christopher and their four fur-children.
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While LAVENDER COUNTRY (1973) was little known outside the Pacific Northwest and only released one self-distributed album, they created a genuine cultural milestone; the first openly gay country album. After sitting stagnant for four decades, indie label Paradise of Bachelors discovered the album, reissued it, and shot Lavender Country into the stratosphere. With a new rotating lineup of musicians, Haggerty began performing to a brand new generation of Lavender Country fans drawn to the band's timeless message of queer liberation and revolution. Haggerty, now approaching age 77, is stronger than ever. His shows are a unique combination of good country music, sharp Marxist political critique, and a huge lineup of incredible backup musicians across the country. Poignant emotions leave his audience laughing, dancing, and crying all at once. The current emergence of fascism and the deep political divisions in American culture are making Lavender Country a critical component of progressive and radical politics.