Dom Flemons‘ latest album, “Black Cowboys,” offers an unprecedented look at the African-American men and women of the American West in the 19th and early 20th century.
It’s a project that he’s been thinking about since he began researching the topic a decade ago.
“I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona, so the idea of African-American pioneers moving in the westward migration is something that’s within my own personal story,” said Flemons, who now lives outside Washington, D.C. “When I first heard that one in four cowboys that settled the West were African-American, that was something of personal interest to me.”
Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will perform songs from the new record on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night and at 3rd and Lindsley on Sunday.
“Black Cowboys” was released on Smithsonian Folkways as part of the African American Legacy Recordings Series released in conjunction with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.