FOLK & COUNTRY
Railroad songs, bluegrass, zydeco, and more.
Origins: Early 20th century.
- Been Here And Gone by Frederick Ramsey Jr., 1960.
- The Kingdom of Zydeco by Michael Tisserand, 1998.
- My Country, Too: The Other Black Music by Pamela E. Foster, 2000.
- The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy by Bob Carlin, 2007.
- Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition by Robert L. Stone, 2010.
- Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music by Diane Pecknold, 2013.
- African American Folksong and American Cultural Politics: The Lawrence Gellert Story by Bruce M. Conforth, 2013.
- The Gandy Dancers: And Work Songs from the American Railroad by Vanita Oelschlager, 2015 (Children’s Book).
- Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South by Charles L. Hughes, 2015.
- The Banjo: America's African Instrument by Laurent Dubois, 2016. ︎
- The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez, April 2020. ︎
FILMS & SERIES
FILMS & SERIES
- The Banjo Project: A Digital Museum for America’s Instrument, prod. Marc Fields.
- Gandy Dancers, dir. Barry Dornfeld and Maggie Holtzberg-Call, 1994. 30 mins. Free stream via Folkstreams.
- Give Me The Banjo, dir. Marc Fields, 2011. 1h 30m. Available to stream on Vudu for free.
- The Librarian and The Banjo, dir. Jim Carrier, 2013. 56m. Available to stream with Prime video.
PODCASTS & RADIO
- “The Long Ride To 'Old Town Road': Black Artists And Their Contributions To Country Music” by NPR Illinois, August 2019.
- “Yeehaw” in NYTime’s Still Processing with Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris, September 2019. 40 mins.
- Library of Congress’ Entry on R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943).
- “Why does country music sound ‘white’? Race and the voice of nostalgia” by Geoff Mann, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 31, 2008.
- “Country Music Opens Its Ears” by Jon Caramanica, NYTimes, May 2014.
- “On the Trail of a Creole Music Pioneer, Still Alive in Song,” by Campbell Robertson, NYTimes, May 2015.
- “6 Reasons Country Music is Blacker Than You Think” by Devon Leger in Paste Magazine, November 2016.
- “The Roots of Cowboy Music: The Search For A Black Self In The American West” by Carvell Wallace, MTV, May 2017. ︎
- “Darius Rucker and the Perplexing Whiteness of Country Music” by Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, October 2017.
- “A Brief History Of Zydeco Music” by Rebeca Trejo, Culture Trip, April 2018.
- “Why Kane Brown Is Country Music’s New Outcast King” by Joe Levy, Rolling Stone, November 2018.
- “A Brief History of the Yeehaw Agenda” by Taylor Crumpton, Afropunk, March 2019. ︎
- “How Solange and Mitski Reconsider Who Can Be the Cowboy” by Michelle Kim, Pitchfork, March 2019.
- “How Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Became a Lightning Rod for Race, the Charts, and Country Music” by Sheldon Pearce, Pitchfork, April 2019.
- “Lil Nas X Inspires a New Reckoning in Country Music” by Taylor Crumpton, PAPER, May 2019.
- “Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means” by John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, May 2019.
- “Why Is Country Music Considered So White?” by Isaac Himmelman in Huffington Post, July 2019.
- “Black Artists Built Country Music—And Then It Left Them Behind” by Andrew R. Chow in TIME, September 2019.
- “Country Music Is More Diverse Than You Think” by Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan in NYTimes, September 2019.
- “Country Music Is Nothing Without Black Artists” by Andrea Williams, ZORA, April 2020.
- “Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History,” by Elamin Abdelmahmoud in Rolling Stone, June 5, 2020.
- “Contributions of Black Creators Shaped Classic Country Music” by Edward Morris in CMT, June 5, 2020.
- “Mickey Guyton Asks Country Music Industry and Fans to Imagine Being ‘Black Like Me’” by Chris Willman, Variety, June 2020.
- “Anita ‘Lady A’ White Will Not Be Erased” by Andrea Williams, Vulture, July 2020.
- “Why Haven’t We Had a Black Woman Country Star?” by Andrea Williams, Nashville Scene, August 2020.