RS Country has posted a really timely piece about country music’s relationship with race entitled Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History which interviews among others Yola and Rhiannon Giddens, the latter challenging what she calls a “manufactured image of country music being white and being poor”.
As the author of the piece describes it, “At some point, it became an accepted cultural narrative that country music is the domain of white people. This has never been the case, but more to the point, it has never been further from the truth than right now. The myth persists while a number of black artists are challenging its foundation, hiding in plain sight on the country charts or on tours or on the radio. They don’t care much for that myth. They tell a different story. And they tell it damn well.”
It’s an interesting story because, guess what, Yola and Giddens don’t share the same views on where the industry is up to, the latter telling RS: “More diverse audiences are coming, but it still feels like the space isn’t safe for us.” You can read the whole piece here, and let us know if you have any thoughts on this by commenting below.
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