"Black people have always sung country music. Just because we’re black doesn’t mean all we listen to is rap, gospel, blues and jazz. I love my country music. But I feel like the country music industry never asked us to come to the party. I mean, what the hell is wrong here? Every type of music is integrated but country. They call it America’s music, but it don’t look like America."

— Frankie Staton, founder of the Black Country Music Association, Guardian: The Hidden Faces of Country