April 23, 2024

Beyoncé’s COWBOY CARTER is absolutely a “Beyoncé album” with country undertones, but the act ii masterpiece couldn’t have been created alone. 

In addition to features from Post Malone, some of country music’s finest Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Miley Cyrus, Bey also enlisted the help of select Black country stars to bring her vision to life. 

Willie Jones rounded out “JUST FOR FUN” while Shaboozey appeared on both “SWEET HONEY BUCKIN’” and “SPAGHETTII.” Trailblazing singer Linda Martell opens up the latter record declaring, “Genres are a funny little concept, aren’t they? Yes, they are.” She’s later featured on her own record, “THE LINDA MARTELL SHOW,” which introduces the next track, “YA YA.” 

The real kicker was Bey’s “BLACKBIIRD”— a cover of The Beatles’ 1968 hit featuring Black female country acts: Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, and Reyna Roberts. 

It was particularly moving because the anthem was inspired by a Black woman setting herself free during the Civil Rights Movement, according to Paul McCartney’s 2018 interview with GQ.

Last but certainly not least, Bey’s youngest daughter Rumi Carter made her debut as a featured artist on “PROTECTOR.” With that said, here’s a full breakdown of every Black country artist from COWBOY CARTER. Saddle up.

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