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Country Band Cuts Deal with Cracker(s)

9/14/2007 5:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LonestarThe band Lonestar announced this week they have a new lead singer and a new Christmas album coming out -- which will be exclusively available at Cracker Barrel locations throughout the country. They might want to rethink that plan!

Cracker Barrel has a sordid history of homophobic and racist behavior. In 1991, Cracker Barrel instituted a policy requiring employees to display "normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society." The policy was eventually rescinded ... 11 years later!

And just last year, Reverend Al Sharpton accused Cracker Barrel of racial discrimination, after several African Americans -- including Chris Rock's mother! -- said they weren't served in a timely fashion.

Looks like Lonestar fans can expect a "White Christmas."

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