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So, just for the heck of it, let’s say this week’s imperfect-as-always theme is “country singers of color.” That’d definitely encompass boogiefied, Buffalo-born Dionne Chinn, who tells us Music Row prefers its girls “pretty, blonde, bright of eye, and under 21,” not to mention “from the South.” It’d also include rich-voiced, onetime Erykah Badu–collaborating Miko Marks; Dobie Gray–covering, Dionne Warwick–channeling Rhonda Towns (both of whose crossover sounds feel refreshingly 1991); and probably Alberta-based Filipino Shaniaphile Dahlia Wakefield, whose nutsiest and most hilarious track is a tale of bondage and discipline sung in a vibrato reminiscent of Shakira. Dolio the Sleuth, of the class-conscious boho Brooklyn septet B-Star, is a country
rapper of color; so is Cowboy Troy, whose best song shows up on
Totally Country Vol. 5
. And Tennessee’s Millie Jackson–inspired Glamorous Bertha Payne and Louisiana’s Tyrone Davis–covering Legendary Moody Scott are country in their own ways, as well.


BLAZING COUNTRY FEATURING THE LYBARGER FAMILY
I Know You Feel it
(Blazing Country Productions country-rock and western swing album)
Stream “Doin’ Time” (Windows Media)
Stream “Your Love” (Windows Media)

B-STAR
What We Do
(Rench Audio alt-country hick-hop EP)
Stream “Bootleg Dreams” (Windows Media)

DIONNE CHINN
Where Does Love Go From Here
(dionnechinn.com blues-country album)
Stream “Didn’t We” (Windows Media)

JESSI COLTER
Out of the Ashes
(Shout! Factory country-rock album)
Stream “Starman” (Windows Media)
Stream “Out Of The Rain” (Windows Media)

JACE EVERETT
Jace Everett
(Epic country-rock album)
Stream “Bad Things” (Windows Media)

K-CEE
Foolish
(kcee.net pop-country album)
Stream “Album Clips” (Flash Player)

MIKO MARKS
Freeway Bound
(Mirrome soul-countrypolitan album)

Stream “Mama” (Windows Media)

Stream “Excited” (Windows Media)

GLAMOROUS BERTHA PAYNE
Bedroom Offer
(Fi-rea Southern soul EP)

Stream “Bedroom Offer
(Windows Media)

Stream “Save Your Breath
(Windows Media)

THE LEGENDARY MOODY SCOTT
Simply Moody: We Gotta Bust Outta the Ghetto
(Creole Down Home Southern soul and blues album)

RHONDA TOWNS
I Wanna Be Loved By You
(Dawn soul-countrypolitan album)

Stream “Plenty More Love” (Windows Media)

Stream “Slow Rain” (Windows Media)

DAHLIA WAKEFIELD
Close To Home
(Squirrely Girl Europop-rocked country album)

Stream “I Believe” (Windows Media)

Stream “Honestly” (Windows Media)

Totally Country Vol. 5
(Warner Music Group/Sony BMG country compilation)

Stream “Kerosene (Miranda Lambert)” (Windows Media)

Stream “Homewrecker (Gretchen Wilson)” (Windows Media)

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