Dom Flemons: Can You Blame The Colored Man?
Dom Flemons, American Songster, performs "Can You Blame the Colored Man?", as featured in the Oxford American: www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2013/dec/16/oa83-can-you-blame-gus-cannon/
The earliest recorded music, now over a century old, will never be truly understood by modern audiences," Dom Flemons writes in our Tennessee music issue, after he's exhausted all angles in pursuit of the meanings and motivations behind Gus Cannon's "Can You Blame the Colored Man," recorded in 1927. Flemons's essay is a probing, revelatory biography of song, and it covers an indispensable chapter in our narrative of Tennessee: the string band music made in Memphis around the turn of the last century.