Black country music : listening for revolutions /

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University of Texas Press,, Austin, United States, p.ix, 230 pages ; (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00799123, (OCoLC)fst00799648, (OCoLC)fst00881424, (OCoLC)fst01030486, African American country musicians., African Americans, bisacsh, Country music, Country music., États-Unis., fast, History and criticism., Music, MUSIC / History & Criticism., Music and race, Music and race., Music., Musiciens country noirs américains., Musique et race, United States.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-219) and index.Introduction. Where my people at? -- Uneasy listening : tuning into Tina Turner's queer frequencies in Tina turns the country on! and other albums -- "Love you, my brother" : Darius Rucker's bro-intimacy and acts of sonic freedom -- How to be an outlaw : Beyoncé's Daddy lessons -- Valerie June : ghost catcher -- Can the Black banjo speak? Notes on Songs of Our Native Daughters -- Thirteen ways of looking at Lil Nas X's Old town road -- Epilogue. Black country afrofuturisms : Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, and DeLila Black.""What happens when we look at US country music through a black feminist and queer eye?" Francesca Royster suggests it reveals a group of mostly invisible fans and performers in a "white" musical genre, some of whom are intervening in that space in ways that are creative, risky and inherently "soulful." While loving country music can be an exercise in shaming and rejection for these fans, the music is also a space of creativity, resistance, and power. Royster contends that the pleasures country music offers some Black listeners can be connected to Eve Sedgwick's idea of queerness as "the open mesh of possibilities" within any group that "doesn't signify monolithically." That makes for a useful lens for exploring the ways that country music changes people as they listen, perform and consume, both as individuals and in community"--