Black musicians have changed the country music landscape and brought light to Black creativity and innovation. In this session, Dr. Francesca T. Royster will present research from her most recent book by exploring the roles of Black performers and fans. She will examine the roots of Black country music, the well-known performers such as Tina Turner and Charley Pride, and look to the future with the music of Our Native Daughters and Lil Nas X.

Dr. Francesca T. Royster is professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago. She received her PhD in English from University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Choosing Family: A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance; Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions; Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon; and Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Outrageous Acts in the Post-Soul Era.


Tennessee 101 is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


February 14, 2024


5:30 pm CT

6:30 pm ET