Feb 21, 2024 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Black country artists today

Mickey Guyton performs onstage for All for the Hall a concert hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Bridgestone Arena on December 05, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mickey Guyton performs onstage for "All for the Hall" a concert hosted by Keith Urban and Vince Gill benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Beyoncé is drawing mainstream attention to Black artists and country music after becoming the first Black woman to top Billboard's Hot Country Music chart. In recent years, there's been a renaissance of new Black country artists producing music despite getting little radio play.

The intrigue: From musicians Mickey Guyton and Dalton Dover to singers Julie Williams and Jimmie Allen, the artists sing about isolation, race, Jesus, partying on the back road and, of course, drinking after a breakup.

  • Here are some images of today's most influential Black country music artists who have built a following at Black rodeos and on playlists.

What's next: Axios also has its own Black country music Spotify list for you to enjoy.

Willie Jones performs on CMA Close Up Stage during CMA Fest 2023 at Music City Center on June 08, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Willie Jones performs on CMA Close Up Stage during CMA Fest 2023 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Dalton Dover performs during CCMA House Presented by Amazon Music at The Music Hall part of the 2023 CCMA Country Music Week on September 15, 2023 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Dalton Dover performs during the Canadian Country Music Awards House Presented by Amazon Music at The Music Hall, part of the 2023 CCMA Country Music Week in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo: Jeremy Chan/Getty Images
Julie Williams performs at the "Together In Action" Fundraising Concert, presented by Black Opry, at City Winery Nashville on August 15, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Julie Williams performs at the "Together In Action" Fundraising Concert, presented by Black Opry, at City Winery Nashville. Photo: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for Black Opry
Breland performs during EA Sports' The Madden Bowl at the House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on February 09, 2024 in Las Vegas.
Breland performs during EA Sports' The Madden Bowl at the House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Tiera Kennedy performs on the iHeart Country Stage during the 2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on August 05, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tiera Kennedy performs on the iHeart Country Stage during the 2023 Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville. Photo: Mickey Bernal/Getty Images
Brittney Spencer performs at Iron City on February 10, 2024 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Brittney Spencer performs at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo: David A. Smith/Getty Images)
Jimmie Allen performs onstage during "The Denim & Rhinestones Tour" at Madison Square Garden on February 21, 2023 in New York City.
Jimmie Allen performs onstage during "The Denim & Rhinestones Tour" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Carrie Underwood
Coffey Anderson performs at the US Soccer Hall of Fame VIP Party at Toyota Stadium on May 05, 2023 in Frisco, Texas.
Coffey Anderson performs at the US Soccer Hall of Fame VIP Party at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Photo: Richard Rodriguez/USSF/Getty Images for USSF
Trea Swindle, Devynn Hart and Danica Hart of Chapel Hart pose backstage during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 28, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Trea Swindle, Devynn Hart and Danica Hart of the country group Chapel Hart pose backstage during the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Photo: Todd Williamson/NBC via Getty Images
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