Wild Bill Young: The Country Artist Who Must be Seen to be Believed

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Suzy Gorman
In this week's music feature, Calvin Cox explains the unlikely rise of Wild Bill Young, whose country music career is approaching a tipping point. He's dealt with mismatched expectations based on his race since he started singing, but he told us he doesn't want that to be his defining characteristic.

"I'm tired of being called a 'black' country singer. I'm just a country singer -- my color doesn't matter," he says. "I'd perform for the Ku Klux Klan, 'cause I feel like if they gave me a chance, I could get them to open their minds. I've been to some of the most racist parts of the South -- people saying 'nigger' when I walk in the door, Confederate flag waving and all that. But before I leave out, the same guys who were acting like that were apologizing to me. I feel like I can make a change."

Young has a fairly amazing story, and it is very much just beginning. Watch the introductory video he and his management team created below, and read Calvin's story for some excellent context.


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Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Don't tell ME what MY voting preferences are!" well, then i guess you are voting for romney, correct? or are you just arguing for no reason.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"And you're not being racist by assuming that all blacks are going to vote for a someone just because he's black!? WTF?" umm...ya...i'm WAY off on that, right? i'm sure there will be busloads of blacks voting for romney.

Michele Woodard
Michele Woodard

And you're not being racist by assuming that all blacks are going to vote for a someone just because he's black!? WTF? Don't tell ME what MY voting preferences are! Stupidity aside, I have never heard of Wild Bill until now, but it's refreshing to hear such a unique sound. I look forward to hearing more about him.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

sadly, this does not work the other way. no matter how horrible a black president is...and no matter how good of a man the white challenger is...blacks will still be racist and vote for the black guy.

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