New Documentary ‘For Love & Country’ Shares Story of Black Artists in Country Music [TRAILER]
Allison Russell is among the artists interviewed in Amazon Music's new documentary, "For Love & Country." (Photo by Joshua Kissi)
As a reader of No Depression, you already know that Black artists are and always have been an important, foundational part of the country music story. A new documentary from Amazon Music aims to carry that message to an even wider audience.
For Love & Country will debut on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service April 7, with a collection of accompanying songs to land the same day on Amazon Music. The feature-length documentary, directed by Joshua Kissi, tells the story of the past and present of Black artists in the country genre through interviews with and performances by Mickey Guyton, Valerie June, Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah, Brittney Spencer, Jimmie Allen, and many more.
“The experiences of being Black in America put something in your soul, deep down, to where you sing the song a little different,” rapper Blanco Brown says in the documentary’s trailer, released today, over an acoustic version of Amythyst Kiah’s song “Black Myself.”
“What I’ve come to realize is country music as a genre is just as complex as this country itself,” director Kissi says a press release announcing the documentary. “Now is the moment to stand up for the voices that have always mattered throughout time, especially the musicians who didn’t get the credit when it was due.”
Watch the trailer for For Love & Country below. You can stream Kiah’s new, acoustic version of “Black Myself” at Amazon Music now.