Dom Flemons’ new album Black Cowboys is, in some ways, a lifetime in the making. First inspired by his family’s roots in the region, Flemons, known for both his solo work and as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, chronicles the rich, deep history of Black music in the American west, a history that has often been ignored or white-washed despite its massive contribution to the canon of American music.
Songs on the album include beloved standards like “Home On The Range” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad,” as well as original songs like “One Dollar Bill” and “He’s A Lone Ranger.” The accompanying booklet features extensive liner notes, historical photographs, and a portrait of Flemons by artist William Matthews. Flemons is releasing the project via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings’ African American Legacy Series.
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