Black Opry is a home for Black artists and Black fans of country, blues, folk, and Americana music. Country music has been made by and loved by Black people since it’s conception. For just as long, we have been overlooked and disregarded in the genre by fans and executives. Black Opry wants to change that. We invite you to discover, support and enjoy Black artists with us. One of the most valuable aspects of country music is its versatility and diversity in sound. Country, blues, folk, and Americana music often overlap or weave together- our artists explore all of those sounds and intersections. Offered in two formats, writers rounds and festival sets, the Black Opry Revue showcases the diversity in sound and stories that Black artists offer to these genres.
This showcase will feature:
Ally Free, a singer/songwriter from Huntsville, AL who’s played festivals such as Panoply Arts Festival and Microwave Dave Day in Huntsville, as well as The Bigfoot Blues Festival in Tennessee. Ally’s aspiration is that their music and lyrics will resonate with others as it has within their life. With music being the universal language, Ally Free hopes their language of music will speak to all of the future #AllyCats out there. Their soulful rock sound and lyrics have more than enough stories to tell. “Don’t be shy, come on in, the water’s fine.”
Arlington, Virginia based singer-songwriter Jett Holden is a soft-spoken creative with a smoky tenor. As a gay, Black man, Holden has stated previously that he “was apprehensive about stepping into the country music arena but is taking the chance and looking forward to building a successful career in the industry.”
Destinie Lynn, a multi-talented singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. Destinie’s music works within the American roots tradition, or what she affectionately refers to as “porch music” taking influence from the Delta Blues, Indie, Folk, and Americana.
Ben Jordan, an American troubadour who resides in Bristol, UK. Ben’s songs range from intimate ballad to high energy foot stomper and everywhere in between. His solo shows are part comedy, part travelogue and always a hairs breadth from careening off the road. His rapport with the audience is a rare and often hilarious thing to see. Never one to shy away from a road story or a joke before breaking your heart or making you want to get up and dance.