We now have access to 50,000 tracks in American Song, an eclectic collection of music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life, from America’s past and present. The songs are by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, cowboys, and ordinary people. They touch topics as varied as Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. And the range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.
When using American Song, you can easily limit your search results to African American music specifically if you want to, in one of these two ways:
- From the top toolbar, click Browse Genres. On the search screen, select the subject category called African American Music. You can narrow further by sub-genre, ensemble, artist, etc.
- From the top toolbar, click either Browse Albums or Browse All Recordings. Both search screens have a box labeled “restrict results to African American content only.” You’ll see the box on the upper right hand corner of either search screen, on the upper right corner of both browses.