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Black country artists are ready for the spotlight – if the gatekeepers let them in.


Women of color in country music are tired of being shut out of their own genre.

Country music singers, from left, Tiera, Linda Martell and Rissi Palmer.

Country music singers Tiera, Linda Martell and Rissi Palmer.Matt Nighswander / NBC News; Getty ImagesOct. 15, 2020, 3:49 PM EDTBy Olivia Roos

Rissi Palmer was fed up with reading music articles that mentioned the same five country artists of color over and over again, seemingly erasing the expansive history of Black and brown artists’ contributions to country music.

That’s why Palmer, a successful country artist who has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center and the Grand Ole Opry, started her Apple Music radio show, “Color Me Country.” The show aims to recognize and validate the presence and history of Black and brown women in country music, including Mickey Guyton, Tiera, Miko Marks and many others.


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