Recording artists and songwriters the Kentucky Gentlemen, Nikki Morgan, Aaron Vance, and Julie Williams, all involved with the Black Opry, share their songs and the stories behind them. Founded in April 2021 as a digital home for Black Americana music, blues, country, and folk artists and fans, the Black Opry now includes a series of showcases, known as the Black Opry Revue, that highlight the diverse sounds and stories of the Black artists in these genres.
Vance performs “Cabin Fever,” Morgan performs “I’m Going Home,” Williams performs “The Prince,” the Kentucky Gentlemen perform “Lose My Boots,” and together they all perform Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Part of the Museum’s “Live at the Hall” series, this live performance was recorded during AmericanaFest 2022, on September 16, 2022, and presented in partnership with SiriusXM Outlaw Country.
The Kentucky Gentlemen—twin brothers Brandon and Derek Campbell from Versailles, Kentucky—recently released their debut EP, “The Kentucky Gentlemen, Vol. 1,” and have had the music video for their song “Vibin’” featured on CMT. Nikki Morgan, originally from North Carolina, began performing while living in Chicago and has opened concerts for Sean Watkins, Jaime Wyatt, and other artists. Mississippi native Aaron Vance has released three albums—his newest is 2021’s “Cabin Fever”—and is an alumnus of the Acoustic Guitar Project. Julie Williams signed her first record deal, with Duke University’s student-run record label Small Town Records, when she was a college student and became a regular host of the weekly, all-women Song Suffragettes artist showcase after moving to Nashville in 2019.
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