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My Black Country : a journey through Country music's Black past, present and future / Alice Randall.

"Alice Randall, award-winning professor, songwriter, and author with a "lively, engaging, and often wise" (The New York Times Book Review) voice, offers a lyrical, introspective, and unforgettable account of her past and her search for the first family of Black country music. Country music had brought Randall and her activist mother together and even gave Randall a singular distinction in American music history: she is the first Black woman to cowrite a number one country hit, Trisha Yearwood's "XXX's and OOO's". Randall found inspiration and comfort in the sounds and history of the first family of Black country music: DeFord Bailey, Lil Hardin, Ray Charles, Charley Pride, and Herb Jeffries who, together, made up a community of Black Americans rising through hard times to create simple beauty, true joy, and sometimes profound eccentricity. What emerges in My Black Country is a celebration of the most American of music genres and the radical joy in realizing the power of Black influence on American culture. As country music goes through a fresh renaissance today, with a new wave of Black artists enjoying success, My Black Country is the perfect gift for longtime country fans and a vibrant introduction to a new generation of listeners who previously were not invited to give the genre a chance"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781668018408
  • ISBN: 1668018403
  • ISBN: 9781668018415
  • ISBN: 1668018411
  • Physical Description: x, 278 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Black Privilege Publishing/Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Black Privilege Publishing/Atria, 2024.

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General Note:
Includes index.
Subject: Country music > History and criticism.
African Americans > Music > History and criticism.
African American country musicians > United States.
Country musicians > United States.
Genre: Country music.
Music criticism and reviews.

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