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Thread #9047   Message #57796
Posted By: Steve Parkes
09-Feb-99 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: Where are all the black country songs?
Subject: Where are all the black country songs?
I was just doing a search for black country, looking for songs from the Black Country - the heart of the old industrial English Midlands, when I found this plaintive plea: "why aren't there more black country singers"

I was just doing a search for black country, looking for songs from the Black Country - the heart of the old industrial English Midlands, when I found this plaintive plea: "why aren't there more black country singers?". Ah, I thought, good question - I'm a singer from the Black Country, but I'm a long way from home most of the time. On the other hand, there are more folk singers and musicians in the Black Country than you can shake a stick at - what's the problem? Reading on, I realised the questioner was bemoaning the melanin-challenged preponderance of proponents of Country music - not the same thing at all.

I ought to sing a bit more of my heritage, oughtn't I? Apart fom a book of songs collected by Jon Raven, with no tunes, I don't actually know any BC songs. Any on yo Black Country lads & wenches out there put me out of my misery?

Steve