BLACK COUNTRY MUSIC: Book Event with Author Francesca Royster

Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions with Francesca Royer

After a century of racist whitewashing, country music is finally reckoning with its relationship to Black people. In this timely work—the first book on Black country music by a Black writer—Francesca Royster uncovers the Black performers and fans, including herself, who are exploring the pleasures and possibilities of the genre. Informed by queer theory and Black feminist scholarship, Royster’s book elucidates the roots of the current moment found in records like Tina Turner’s first solo album, Tina Turns the Country On! She reckons with Black “bros” Charley Pride and Darius Rucker, then chases ghosts into the future with Valerie June. 

As part of the Stax Museum’s 20th Anniversary throughout 2023, in addition to many special events, we will host an event every month that is free and open to the public and our community. This is one of our events for March.

Presented in partnership with the Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center at Rhodes College.