Bound for Glory

A new generation of Black folk musicians are reclaiming an art form taken from them.

By Adam Bradley Photographs by Justin French

TRAY WELLINGTON KNOWS that many will take the title of his 2022 album, “Black Banjo,” as an oxymoron. The banjo, and with it an entire body of folk-based music, is now so thoroughly associated with whiteness as to obscure its origins in Black musical...

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