Cowboys and Indians – Q&A: DOM FLEMONS

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Photo: Timothy Duffy

Grammy Award-winning folk singer Dom Flemons talks about his latest album, Black Cowboys, and debuts his latest music video, “Goin’ Down The Road.“

Years in the making, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Dom Flemons’ historically rich new album, Black Cowboys, is finally out.

The album, which is on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label, pays tribute to the music, culture, and complex history of the Wild West. “The songs and poems featured on the album take the listener on an illuminating journey from the trails to the rails of the Old West,” the label explains. “This century-old story follows the footsteps of the thousands of African American pioneers who helped build the United States of America.”

At 60 minutes, with a 40-page booklet with extensive notes and photos, it was a labor-intensive labor of love for the Arizona native. It’s Flemons’ second solo project since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded in 2005. The group garnered major success and received a Grammy in 2010 for Best Traditional Folk Album for Genuine Negro Jig, a Grammy nomination in 2013 for Best Folk Album for Leaving Eden, and was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

After 9 years in the group, Flemons left to begin his solo career; he came out with his first solo album, Prospect Hill, in mid-2014 and began paving his new road.

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