Country Standard Time presents Black Music Matters Festival


After joining in the outrage and heartbreak of people across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's killing and broader racial injustices, we needed to do something. As is too common across art forms, Black country and Americana artists are sorely underrepresented in festivals and media coverage. This is an opportunity to highlight the many outstanding Black acts and artists in the genres.

These artists have music with a message appropriate for these times. Let their voices be heard.


Daniel Houze Ben Hunter Hubby Jenkins Miko Marks Rissi Palmer Kamara Thomas Aaron Vance Barrence Whitfield The concerts will be broadcast on the Country Standard Time Facebook page.

Festival goers can donate to the Equal Justice Initiative, the Bryan Stevenson social justice group featured in the book and movie "Just Mercy." EJI is based in Montgomery, Ala. and "is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society."