My Black Country

If you asked when Black Country Music was born, Alice Randall would be the one to speak up first.

“According to me, Black Country was born December 10, 1927, when DeFord Bailey played “Pan American Blues” on Barn Dance, a Nashville radio show blasted out on WSM airwaves.” (My Black Country pg 10)

Randall is the first Black woman to write a number-one country hit. The single “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” was released in 1994 by country music singer Trisha Yearwood. Over the years she has penned several Top 10 and Top 40 country songs, in addition to that, Randall is a New York Times best-selling novelist, educator, and activist.

A graduate of Harvard University, she holds an honorary doctorate from Fisk University, is on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, and credits Detroit’s Ziggy Johnson School of the Theater with being the most influential educational institution in her life. She is widely recognized as being one of the most significant voices in 21st-century African-American fiction.

And with all of her success, she found time to sit and write My Black Country: A Journey Through Country Music’s Black Past, Present, and Future, an ode to the history of Black Country Music and her life.

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Check out my interview with Randall below and don’t forget to comment, like, and share!


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