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  • Cowboy Troy is the most popular now.
  • Charley Pride http://www.shs.starkville.k12.ms.us/mswm/MSWritersAndMusicians/musicians/Pride.html
    • Nosmo King
      I was just going to say Charley Pride. I remember him when I was a kid.
  • yes, cowboy troy now, charlie pride in the 60's and 70's (along with fats domino), but most notably deford bailey, who not only was a star but a major influence of the grand ol' opry!
  • The late, great, Big Al Downing, Charley Pride, the late, great O.B. McClinton.
  • Aaron Neville did a video remake of George Jones' "The Grand Tour."
  • There is also Steven Pride, who is Charly Pride's younger brother. I bet no one knew that, huh?!!
  • charlie pride...
  • Cowboy Troy
  • K.C. Williams! He is big in Europe, esp. Germany where my sister has seen him twice. Check him out on Google.
  • Miko Marks is the best one...she is unbelieveable. mikomarks.com
  • I don't think anyone mentioned Cleve Francis. He was a doctor-turned singer in the early 1990's -- had a little minor success on country radio during that time.
  • bobby cash
  • Charlie Pride, and Cowboy Troy.
  • Trini Triggs Carl Ray Rissi Palmer all with new cds coming out...and rissi palmer is on CMT with Country Girl video
  • I am a black country western singer. I can sing like charlie daniels,willie nelson, randy travis, garth brooks, jimmy buffet,and more. Every time i sing people are amazed, however i want to take this to the next level so if anyone out there can help me then please email me @ jfbonaby@netzero.net you will not regret it.
  • Charlie Pride was the first black singer in country music. Lately we've had Cowboy Troy if you call what he sings country.
  • Yes, Charlie Pride in the most known black country singer. A little trivia for ya, is that his parents disowned him when he was growing up because he told them that he wanted to be a country singer.
  • Not sure of his name, but Shania Twain uses a black drummer.
  • charlie pride---burgers and fries is one of his songs..
  • I think Cowboy Troy's noise is considered country. : D
  • Ressie Palmer , Carl Ray , Tayo Reed are african american country singers
  • Charlie Pride. He has a great voice.
  • dont you know the greatest.Charlie Pride?
  • Charley Pride ......... great voice.
  • The History of a Blended Genre A Brief History of Black Americans in Country Music As far back as the early 1900s, the twang of black voice singing of honky-tonks and heartbreaks existed in country music. One of those early voices belonged to Rufe "Tee-Tot" Payne, who frequented the dives around Greenville, Alabama throughout the 1920s as a street musician. His greatest gift to country came in the form of mentorship: In the 1930s he began teaching a boy named King Hiram Williams, who went on to wear the crown of country music as Hank Williams. Even now, years after Hank Williams’ death, many Americans are unaware that he was taught to play and sing country by a black man. A contemporary of Payne was Tennessee's, DeFord Bailey, who can rightfully be called country music's first black star. By the age of 26, he joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. Within two years, he was making up to twice the number of appearances as other acts on the radio show, and touring cities across the south and the midwest. But somewhere along the line, he was suddenly let go. In a biography titled DeFord Bailey: A Black Star In Early Country Music, by David Morton and Charles Wolfe (University of Tennessee Press, $27.95, January 1993, ISBN 0-870-49798-0), Bailey explains his dismissal. “They'd seen the day was coming when they'd have to pay me right and they used the excuse about me playing the same old tunes.” Author Pamela Foster, in her self-published book My Country: The African Diaspora's Country Music Heritage (January 1998), documents some interesting facts about the black roots of country rhythms. For example, she points out that country music is immensely popular in African and Caribbean countries from Kenya to Jamaica; that the banjo was invented by blacks; that the first American steel guitar recordings were by the talented, sightless musician Blind Lemon Jefferson; that over 400 country hits were created by black singers, songwriters, musicians, record label owners or producers; and that, as was the case with Hank Williams, a large number of early white country stars were taught, schooled and influenced by blacks. Recent Attempts By African-Americans to Break Into Country Music Frankie Staton, a black woman with 17 years experience as both a performer and writer of country music and co-founder of the Black Country Music Association (BCMA), says the time has come for white people to deal with blacks singing, writing and “getting merry with country.” As founder of BCMA, she hopes to help others transcend the challenges she herself experienced in an industry that would not accept her because of her color. She tells how, on one occasion, she was insulted by a Music Row publisher, because he refused to believe she had written and sung the song she was pitching him. “Black people have always been able to sing country music. We just haven't been able to get the opportunities,” says Staton. “It's as much as ours as it is theirs.” Staton began her crusade in 1996, when she read a story in the New York Times about country music. The piece quoted Cleve Francis, the cardiologist-turned-country star whose career, despite initially showing promise, had mysteriously fizzled, saying country needed to include more blacks. In no time, Staton was overwhelmed with demo tapes and press packs from aspiring young black country singers from all around the country. Staton never imagined there were so many black people dreaming of singing country, and she was stunned by the quality of the voices she heard. Soon, she began organizing a series of BCMA showcases at premier Nashville clubs. J.J. Jones, a veteran singer/bassist who once performed in '70s side bands backing George Jones, Mel Tillis and other country stars, now serves as Staton's talent and music director. A Vietnam vet, Jones once cut an album that was never released. Now he is bent on helping new black talent. “There's a whole market out there waiting to be tapped and can help boost country record sales, which everybody knows are down. I keep telling them, if you want to increase your business among minorities, start signing some!” says Staton…There should have been generations of black country singers since Charley Pride. And there are many, many black country singers that the world should get a chance to know now.” But you can be sure, these hidden faces of country, aren’t giving up. http://racerelations.about.com/od/celebritiesandrace/a/blackcountry_2.htm
  • Cowboy Troy
  • A man named Coffey Anderson was a contestant on Nashville Star. He's not bad. He looks black, not 100% though.
  • "..and you dont have to call me Charlie Pride, but you dont ever call me darlin', darlin' You never even call me by my name." ...the perfect country & western song. (We got both kinds~Blues Brothers)
  • Country Charlie Pride was one of the first really big Country stars.
  • Rissi Palmer and Darius Rucker are some new-comers on the radio
  • Cowboy Troy is another one and Darius Rucker
  • Darius Rucker (aka Hootie & the Blowfish) is now a country singer. He's actually pretty good.
  • Darius Rucker "Hootie"
  • lots, ledbelly is one johnny cash and kurt cobain admired ledbelly
  • Clint Black
  • Mr. Charlie Pride
  • Darius Rucker has a hit song out right now. Unless you see him sing you wouldn't know he was black. The name of the song is "Dont think I dont think about that."
  • Yes, darius rucker, formerly of hootie and the blowfish
  • I thought of another, don't know if he's still alive, Charlie Pride.
  • My good friend Curtis Alexander: http://cdbaby.com/cd/curtisalexander
  • Also check out darius rucker...he sings don't think i don't think about it...it's an awesome song and i think hes just a bit more country than cowboy troy
  • Miko Marks has such a beautiful voice. look her up you'll be glad u did!
  • Darius Rucker and Cowboy Troy
  • Ray Charles sang country in his early years and loved it till the day he died. Said he liked it because every song told a story.
  • Darius Rucker Sings "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"
  • CHARLIE PRIDE. AND COWBOY TROY
  • The Pointer Sisters won a grammy for Best Country Western group single for a song they wrote and performed, " Fairytale." It's worth a listen!
  • He used to be in hootie and the blowfish...
  • WHAT! LEADBELLY
  • Stoney Edwards. He was big in the 70s. I love this song of his.
  • They got that disgraceful excuse for country music in the form of Cowboy troy
  • Darius Rucker started his country music career in 2008. He sings "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and "It Won't Be Like This For Long." You may recognize him from the rock band Hootie And The Blow Fish.
  • Darius Rucker started his country music career in 2008. He sings "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and "It Won't Be Like This For Long." You may recognize him from the rock band Hootie And The Blow Fish. DUPLICATE ANSWER--SORRY. New here.
  • Maybe the best: Aaron Neville http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVMewk1TQnQ
  • There is not just Charley Pride. There is Vicki Vann, Rhonda Towns, K.C. Williams, Ebony Hillbillies, Buddy and Tina Wright band.
  • Yes, Charlie Pride was one of the most famous. He is from the 70's and that just wasn't common back them let alone now. So, he must be very good and I will attest to that. More recently there is Darius Rucker who used to be the lead singer for "Hootie and the Blowfihs", but he has since moved over to country and is very good. First 3 releases went to #1.
  • Dirty Laundry" The Soul of Black Country http://www.puremusic.com/51dirty.html
  • Charley Pride some years ago.
  • Charley Pride is one. Both my parents like country music and they have Charley Pride in their collection.

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