Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Beyonce’s New Album Will Feature Linda Martell, First Female Black Country Singer, Plus Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson


Very few people know the name Linda Martell. But they’ll be finding out about her tomorrow night.

That’s when Beyonce releases her country album, “Cowboy Carter: Act II,” which evidently features Martell, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, too.

Martell retired in 1974, when she was just 32. But she was the first black woman to take on country music, and remains revered in the right circles. I wouldn’t be surprised if Beyonce makes a movie about her life. (Just remember, I called it first!)

“Act II” also features a duet with Dolly Parton on her classic hit, “Jolene,” and one with Nelson. This would be Beyonce’s clever nod to the King and Queen of country music. The album also incudes Beyonce’s big hit, “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

“Act II” sounds like it will be a mega hit for Beyonce, very thought out as a way of crossing her over from R&B and hip hop. She was exposed to country music growing up in Houston, so this is very natural. Will she finally get the Grammy Album of the Year? Very likely.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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