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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Warner Music Nashville are releasing an expanded version of the box set From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music. Originally released in 1998, the updated CD collection spans a century of music and traces the many ways Black Americans have created, contributed to and been influenced by country music. The set arrives 5/31, with pre-orders now available here.

The original set’s creation was inspired by Black country artist Cleve Francis and American Baptist College executive Nelson Wilson, who told the Washington Post at the time of its release, “It's a part of our history that's been hidden from us."

The new collection encompasses 82 tracks, with a fourth disc titled “Reclaiming the Heritage” that includes contemporary Black country and Americana artists like Rhiannon Giddens and Rissi Palmer.

"The most beautiful thing to me about the Black country renaissance is that its stars, who are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve, are truly using country music the way that, to me, it was born to be used," Giddens says in her essay. "Their music reflects and highlights a cultural viewpoint that has been traditionally suppressed, shows the best of the American narrative, and, in the end, tells the important stories of now, for the generations of tomorrow.”

Following the set's release, all the music can be heard on the museum’s website via "From Where I Stand: The Online Experience," a free, educational resource containing all the essays, archival visual components and historical track notes for each selection. The online experience will also include music that was unable to be licensed for the physical box set release, including Beyoncé and the Chicks’ collaboration on “Daddy Lessons,” Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road" and Al Green’s version of “For the Good Times.”

To celebrate the release, a variety of artists represented in the box set will participate in From Where I Stand: The Concert Celebration in the museum’s CMA Theater on 6/18. Presented by Amazon and Riverview Foundation, the event will be led by co-producers Rissi Palmer and Shannon Sanders. Artists performing include Blanco Brown, Cowboy Troy, Tony Jackson, Hubby Jenkins, Miko Marks, Wendy Moten, Palmer, Darius Rucker, The War And Treaty and Barrence Whitfield.

Tickets will be available here. Find a sneak peek below.