American Masters

The history of Black artists in country music

Clip: 03/24/2023 | 2m 20s  | Video has closed captioning.

Black musicians have always had a place in the history of country music, despite the music industry's push to label white folk music as hillbilly music, and Black folk music as "race records." "Black people that have succeeded in this industry succeeded in spite of that," said Andrea Williams, author and journalist.

Aired: 03/24/23

Rating: NR

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