Amazon Music has announced that a new documentary film on Black country artists will be released on April 7 on Amazon Music and Prime Video globally.
Directed by Joshua Kissi, For Love & Country examines country music through the personal stories of a new generation of Black artists claiming space in Nashville – and helping to transform the genre in the process. The feature-length documentary’s trailer was released on Tuesday.
“What I’ve come to realize is country music as a genre is just as complex as this country itself,” said Kissi. “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.”
Mickey Guyton said it is no secret there has been a lack of representation of Black artists in mainstream country music for years.
“That’s why I hope little Black girls growing up now can see us, artists like Brittney, Reyna, Amythyst, Allison, Valerie, Frankie and me, and know they have a place here in country music. We all do,” she added.
For Love & Country is an exploration of the space between myth and reality of a genre, an industry, and a city. A new crop of Black artists are seeking to change country’s long-held identity as music by-and-for white audiences.
The film features interviews and performances from artists such as Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Blanco Brown, BRELAND, Shy Carter, Valerie June, Brittney Spencer, and Frankie Staton.
In tandem with the trailer, Amazon Music has released “Black Myself,” an Amazon Original acoustic version of breakout star Amythyst Kiah’s song, recorded during the filming process.
Music lovers can listen to the song at https://music.amazon.com/albums/B09V21MXF6?tag=linkfire-smarturl-20
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