2008 Year in Review: Music

Icons keeping up with
the times

Several lesbian musicians whose careers have been big for the
past decade or two (and in some cases, three) released new records this year,
including k.d. lang, Tracy Chapman, Ferron, Patti Larkin, Janis Ian, Melissa Ferrick, Amy Ray and
Thalia Zedek.

All were logical next steps in their
respective careers, but they also managed to keep up with current trends in
popular music (Ferron’s CD even featured a remixed track by J.D. Samson and had
her album produced by Bitch.)

Ani DiFranco released Red Letter Year. After having a child with her male partner, many in the press debated whether the bisexual singer had lost her lesbian fan base because of her personal life decisions.

Ani DiFranco

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Nonetheless, the album peaked at No. 8 on the Top
Independent Albums and No. 55 on the Billboard 200.

Other lesbian favorites such as Ellis, Catie Curtis and Sarah Bettens continued to tour and see support from their lesbian/bisexual fan base.

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