Cowboy Carter & Black Country Artists

Have you been listening to Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter on repeat since it dropped? Are you interested in learning more about the history of Black Country music and those that inspired Beyoncé to make this album – and in some cases are even featured on it? Then check out our staff-curated list of books, music, and film on the musicians that inspired Cowboy Carter.


My Black Country: A Journey Through Country Music's Black Past, Present, and Future by Alice Randall

Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions by Francesca Royster
Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South by Charles L. Hughes
Queen Bey : a Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers
Brother Ray : Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles & David Ritz
I, Tina : My Life Story by Tina Turner
Fame: Lil Nas X  by Darren G. Davis & Victor Moura
A Little Devil in America:  Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib & JD Jackson
Country Music:  An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns
The New Black West: Photographs from America's Only Touring Black Rodeo by Gabriela Hasbun & Jeff Douvel
The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Praisesong for the Kitchen Ghosts:  Stories and Recipes From Five Generations of Black Country Cooks by Crystal Wilkinson
The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis

Music: Cowboy Carter Inspired Listening

Color Me Country by Linda Martell

Step By Step – Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family: Blues, Country, and Sacred Songs by Lesley Riddle
if i ever get there: a day at blackbird studio by Brittney Spencer
Other albums by Brittney Spencer
Remember Her Name by Mickey Guyton
Other albums by Mickey Guyton
Wary + Strange by Amythyst Kiah
Crashlanded by Madeline Edwards
Other albums by Madeline Edwards
Bettie James: Gold Edition by Jimmie Allen
Other albums by Jimmie Allen
Portraits: The First Recordings by Mississippi Fred McDowell
Other albums by Mississippi Fred McDowell
One-Dime Blues by Etta Baker
Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs by Blanco Brown
Carolyn’s Boy by Darius Rucker
Other albums by Darius Rucker
Lover’s Game by The War and Treaty
Cross Country by Breland
Other albums by Breland
Sounds of the South

FILMCountry Music:  A Film by Ken Burns

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