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Wynton Marsalis | Country Music | NPT

Wynton Marsalis discusses how Black musicians were welcomed into country music before they were accepted by society. This is one of the many stories from country music artists featured in Ken Burns' documentary series COUNTRY MUSIC, available on-air and online Sept. 15 on Nashville Public Television. Become an NPT Passport member and you’ll get exclusive access to all episodes of COUNTRY MUSIC on

AIRED: September 15, 2019 | 0:00:30

- The thing about DeFour Billy, Ray Charles,

and Charlie Pride the two or three black people

who were known to be in country music.

They were accepted.

The musicians accepted 'em at a time

when the culture did not accept.

There's a truth in the music

and it's too bad that we as a culture

have not been able to address that truth.

That's the same of it.

The art tells more the tale of us coming together.


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