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5 Soulful Country Music Singers

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by G. Brown

Music is the universal language and one that we can all speak.  Some prefer the mellow sounds of Jazz while another may live by the driving beat of rock n roll.  Sometimes it’s a blend of genres that gets people moving like the skyrocketing success of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” that’s bridging hip hop to country music.

The pairing seems strange to some people, but Blacks and country music have a long history almost a century old with artists like Deford Bailey–the first known Black singer to wail to country’s tune.  Jim Crow laws of 1927 made it difficult for Bailey to perform in a lot of venues. It was a problem that would also try to harness the carers of others likeCharlie Pride and Linda Martell.  The specter of racism often drove a wedge before Blacks and country music, but racism, stereotypes, and ostracism were not enough to silent die-hard country music lovers no matter what color their skin was.

Here are 5 Black singers who went against the grain and brought their soulful sounds to the world of country music.

 

 

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    NBA is fixed

    April 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    BET has never given a best song or album award to a black country singer. I wonder why? I almost forgot BET is owned by white people.

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    NBA is fixed

    April 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I have to agree with Jason Black (The Black Authority) when he said, “The most popular country music songs are the ones that are mixed with rap music.” In other words, white country music singers are blending the flavor, beat and base of rap music with their music to sell more records. One country music group that frequently does this is Big and Rich. This reminds me of the classic quote from Paul Mooney, “Everybody wants to be black, nobody wants to be black.”

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    Shawn J.

    April 9, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Not a full-fledged Country music fan, but these singers rock just the same!

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