A snapshot of the fight for the new South narrative.

If you’re paying attention to radio spins, streaming numbers and industry hype, Black women making country and country-adjacent music — women like Palmer, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Kamara Thomas and Americana super-quartet Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell) — have likely been drawing your attention this year. The time is ripe for them to gain a kind of equity in the industry that wasn’t afforded to Black artists who came before. They’re far from the only ones well-prepared for an opportunity to break out into the mainstream. (“Meet the Black Female Artists Reshaping Country Music”)

From the outside, the American South of 2017 may seem stuck in a one-note loop of grim historical disputation, with fights over the Confederate flag and monuments interrupted only by meteorological disaster. But Mr. Reece’s online magazine (“The Bitter Southerner”) is engaged in a broader re-examination of Southern identity that is playing out in a clutch of ambitious regional publications, some of them provocatively named — Garden & Gun, Scalawag — and all describing a multifaceted, multiracial future that seems to have already arrived, right alongside the incessant re-litigating of the past.

Scalawag Magazines. Click to donate: https://scalawagmagazine.org/donate/?
The Bitter Southerner. Click to donate: https://bsgeneralstore.com/collections/memberships-2020

Sociologist. Writer. Professor. MacArthur Fellow. Books, speaking, podcast: www.tressiemc.com

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