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Black Country Artists From the '90s Share Their Stories: ‘It Was a Very Lonely Journey'

8 days ago   |   By Billboard

As the country music industry grapples with how to become more inclusive, some Black pioneers shared their stories Tuesday on a Nashville Music Equality -sponsored panel about the history of the Black Country Music Association. The now-defunct organization started in the early '90s to promote black artists and educate the industry on the wealth of Black country talent.
Cleve Francis founded the group after his experiences after his time with Liberty Records. Though initially hopeful, his interactions with the country music industry turned dismal.
A cardiologist who sang on the side...
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