The influence that Black artists have had on the music industry cannot be understated. From jazz in the 1910s and 1920s, to blues and country music in the 1930s and 1940, and then rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s and 1960s, Black musicians have had an indelible role in music history, and their creativity and talent promoted the creation of and rise in popularity of several musical genres in the States and around the world. Their unique contributions continue to pave the way and set the tone for the future of the industry as recorded music has reached its first century. Black Music Appreciation Month celebrates these contributions each June. This One-Seven playlist contains seventeen Black artists from Austin or Central Texas/who have called the Hill Country home who have left their mark in the music world.
Article and playlist by Alana King