You do know that the banjo is an African instrument, right?! The black roots of country music

From the Washington Post, a riveting listen.

Emily Yahr, Valerie June and Dina Bennett talk about how black people have been largely excluded from country music — an art form rooted in black history.

What black history has to do with country music People called foul when Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” was kicked off Billboard’s country chart earlier this year. It started a national discussion about who gets to be a country artist and what race has to do with it.
Valerie June is a country singer-songwriter, among many other genres. She’s also black. June and National Museum of African American Music curator Dina Bennett talk with host Martine Powers about how their experiences and the historical roots of country music are steeped in black history. Post entertainment reporter Emily Yahr connects the dots with a look at how artists like Lil Nas X are reinventing and bringing country music home.”

Detail of “The Old Plantation,” attributed to John Rose,
Beaufort County, South Carolina, probably 1785–1790.

I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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2 comments on “You do know that the banjo is an African instrument, right?! The black roots of country music
  1. Sam Lybrand says:

    You are in my country. Frampton Creek leads to once Edingsville that was destroyed by the 1885 hurricane. I have a book out on this subject titled “The Tragic Destruction of Edingsville”. The foot print of the village of Edingsville is now a half mile out in the ocean. You may know that Edisto Island has 15 churches. They will be featured in my next book. You surely have an imagination. There is an actual plantation house on Edisto called “Blue House”. Keep up the good work. I like your colors. My favorite bird to come to my feeders is the “Painted Bunting” it is Edisto’s only bird of paradise. Just a few thoughts. Oh, you had a painting of the William Seabrook. Did you know that he was one of the Elders that was on the committee that built the old Presbyterian Church in 1830?
    Sam Lybrand
    1578 Creekwood Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

  2. Hi Sam, I am glad you are doing well! Saw something in the (Pres) Church newsletter that you had been ill. Yes, indeed, Blue House was owned by my MIkell ancestors. It is why I paint Red Houses and Blue House. Both were plantations of my ancestors. Such a colorful and magical place, sweet Edisto. Be well! Nice to hear from you!

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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