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:
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.



  • Historical note: it was Theodore Roosevelt, not Franklin, that hosted Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House.

    jpb252jpb2523 aylar önce
  • squeal like a pig ..

    tomkat69pctomkat69pc5 aylar önce
  • Sure enjoyed D. Flemons. I have several CDs of the Drops. Great picking. 👍

  • Love Booker T Washington & a great way to teach history. *tips hat* #storytellers

    Thaxton WatersThaxton Waters10 aylar önce
  • Thank you and the Chocolate Drops for preserving American History through music.

    SandySandyYıl önce
  • Nice presentation! I could almost smell the pipe tobacco,. :-)

    Whitt McKinneyWhitt McKinneyYıl önce
  • Strikes me as pretty racist song but I may be missing the point completely

    RJJohnsonRJJohnsonYıl önce
    • Joseph Scott I definitely appreciated you all’s comments. Even when I look back on my article I see the places where I did not have the full story about the history of black vaudeville and the role of blues in its historical context. Yet, I still can standby this article as a comprehensive look into the historical event around the 1901 White House meeting as well as an analysis of Gus Cannon’s song. The facts are always stranger than the fiction!

      Dom FlemonsDom FlemonsYıl önce
    • Flemons is a great musician. Allen Lowe and I independently had a lot of criticisms of that article that we entered in the comments section. Oxford American responded by removing the comments section.

      Brazilian AtlantisBrazilian AtlantisYıl önce
    • Dom Flemons Hello Dom, an honor! excuse for my uneducated comment. I am not native-English speaker ( despite my RJ avatar). Thank you for your article (or essay) that I have read. Indeed made things clear about the song, but a lot more interest on “minstrelsy” that I didn’t know about (only some blackface guys in some very old Fred Astaire-like musical movies; being a kid and in my native country then I never understood, did not find the fun of it, and did not really give much importance, just waited for the movie stars to appear). I admire your work very much, thank you again.

      RJJohnsonRJJohnsonYıl önce
    • ulisescervantes Here’s the accompanying article:

      Dom FlemonsDom FlemonsYıl önce
  • Sounds alot like frankie and johnny

    Alex mcintyreAlex mcintyreYıl önce
  • Well done Dom

    Eddie SantanaEddie SantanaYıl önce
  • Killer pipe hit

    Snook JohnSnook John2 yıl önce
  • You, Sir, are the real deal.

    Kory TidemanKory Tideman3 yıl önce
  • Dom I support you 100 % Great music

    Bucks NetworkBucks Network3 yıl önce
  • great job sir

    Jay Sun Bay LoreJay Sun Bay Lore4 yıl önce
  • You have it man, I hope you go places!

    Gf BlackGf Black4 yıl önce
    • GF Black, have you heard of the Carolina Chocolate Drops? Dom has been places lol

      will Gingellwill GingellYıl önce
  • Will do.

    Dom FlemonsDom Flemons4 yıl önce
  • LOVE your music Dom. Please don't ever change it. Stay true to that Dave Macon poster.

    Corvette OdysseyCorvette Odyssey4 yıl önce
  • Just heard you on the blues mobile. Good stuff and good luck in the future

    Josh RinglerJosh Ringler5 yıl önce
  • So talented

    Anna OttoAnna Otto5 yıl önce
  • South Indian dude...

    Vibhav TewariVibhav Tewari5 yıl önce
  • Good stuff. Well shot! Nice work Dom and all.

    Christopher HarperChristopher Harper5 yıl önce
  • History.

    Deborah RobinsonDeborah Robinson5 yıl önce
  • very very very very very nice intro!

    DiamondsDust1DiamondsDust15 yıl önce
Dom Flemons: Can You Blame The Colored Man?