‘Black Cowboys’ is the new album from multi-instrumentalist, songster, and co-founding member of the GRAMMY Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons. More than a collection of songs from the “Wild West,” the record sheds light on the prominent but often overlooked role African American pioneers played in westward expansion.
In 2018, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings celebrates its 70th anniversary, honoring Folkways founder Moses Asch’s mission to “document the people’s music.” As a musical torchbearer and innovator, Dom Flemons is committed to extending and reinterpreting Asch’s legacy in the modern age. Joining him on this year’s extensive release schedule are avant-garde folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj, Tejano giants Los Texmaniacs, and special projects that include the ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap,’ a topical box set on ‘The Social Power of Music,’ and extensive retrospectives on Folkways greats Pete Seeger and Barbara Dane.
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