Alice Randall is the author of three novels (Rebel Yell, The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin, and The Queen of Spades) and a bunch of country songs. Her dining table sits eighteen, and she fills it up often. She lives in Nashville with her husband.
I knew I wanted to be the first black woman Harvard graduate to write a country song—and I thought I knew DeFord Bailey, the groundbreaking harmonica player, was the first and only black person to perform as part of the Opry.
Nobody had told me about Linda Martell.