Apr 1, 2024 - Music

Brittney Spencer, Tanner Adell and other Black up-and-comers on "Cowboy Carter"

Musician Brittney Spencer plays guitar

Brittney Spencer is one of several young Nashville artists who appear on "Cowboy Carter." Photo: Keith Griner/Getty Images

On her new album "Cowboy Carter," Beyoncé shines a light on some of country music's up-and-coming Black artists, including Brittney Spencer and Tanner Adell.

Zoom in: Her cover of The Beatles' classic "Blackbird" features Beyoncé singing alongside Spencer, Adell, Tiera Kennedy and Reyna Roberts.

  • Paul McCartney said he wrote the song about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

The big picture: Beyoncé's new music has revived the conversation about diversity in country music.

What they're saying: "The last two years in Nashville I have kept my head down, counted all my blessings big and small, and tried to perfect this craft of my artistry," Adell said on Instagram.

  • "Thank you Queen Bey for busting these gates wide open with this album. For letting your light spill over onto MY head."
  • "I am humbled by the thought."

Willie Jones, who was on "The X Factor" in 2012 and has recorded Nashville-friendly songs like "Bachelorettes on Broadway," appears on "Just For Fun."

That's not to mention stars Miley Cyrus and Post Malone, who also stop by for duets.

  • Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson are featured in spoken interludes.

Listen: This week we're putting all 27 tracks from "Cowboy Carter" on our Axios Nashville playlist.

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