Tulsa World: ‘Songster’ to share songs, stories of ‘Black Cowboys’

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One of the first things Dom Flemons learned about when he began work on what would become the album “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” was the Chisholm Kid.

Flemons, who founded Grammy Award-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, had got in touch with fellow musician Taj Mahal.

“In his early career, he had used a lot of black cowboy imagery,” Flemons said. “When I asked him what he thought about this project I had in mind, he taught me about ‘The Chisholm Kid’ — he grew up in Massachusetts, and ‘The Chisholm Kid’ was in the comic section of one of the newspapers his family would get.

“I didn’t pursue it that much at the time,” he said, “so it kind of blows my mind that I’m going to be doing the show in conjunction with an exhibit on ‘The Chisholm Kid.’ It’s really a neat kind of serendipity.”

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