Kandia Crazy Horse

Kandia Crazy Horse is an American country musician, rock critic and writer. She has written for The Village Voice, is the editor of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll,[1] and also writes for Creative Loafing,[2] and The Guardian.[3] Her country music debut, Stampede, was released in 2013.[4] Crazy Horse is based in New York.[5]

Kandia Crazy Horse
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Background information
GenresCountry music
Occupation(s)Musician, journalist and writer
Years active2004–present


When Crazy Horse began as a music journalist, she states that she was considered a "novelty" because "a black, young female wasn't the picture of a rock critic."[6] Her work as a rock critic is feminist in tone and often focuses on Southern rock.[7] She has also emphasized black contributions to rock music.[8]

Crazy Horse edited Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll (2004). The collection of essays analyzed black figures in rock in order to bring to light the "black experience in rock 'n' roll."[9] Rip It Up describes how black rock isn't considered part of the black music scene and therefore its "impact has been minimized."[10]

She received an Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in American Studies from Princeton University during 2008 and 2009.[11] While she was a fellow at Princeton, she taught the course "Roll Over Beethoven: Black Rock and Cultural Revolt."[12]

Crazy Horse's debut album, Stampede, contains original songs by Crazy Horse and cover songs.[13] The style of music on the record is traditional country music.[14] Acoustic Guitar called her album "stunning" and a "powerful musical debut."[15] Blurt called her voice "sweet and soulful" and praised her writing that revitalizes familiar country music sounds.[16]


  1. ^ Kramer, Michael J. (2005-12-01). "Crazy Horse, Kandia, ed. Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003". Journal of Popular Music Studies. 17 (3): 352–361. doi:10.1111/j.1524-2226.2005.0049b.x. ISSN 1533-1598.
  2. ^ Himmelsbach, Erik (25 August 2007). "Picking a Soundtrack for Eternity". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ Crazy Horse, Kandia (8 January 2014). "Donny Hathaway: A Soul Man Who Departed Too Soon". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. ^ Holloway, Marvin (26 August 2013). "She's Country Strong and She Is Black!". Black News.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ Boesveld, Sarah (26 June 2015). "Stars and Barred: For Southern Rockers and Country Singers, the Confederate Flag is an Uncomfortable Heritage". National Post. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ Infantry, Ashante (22 July 2004). "Black Culture Critique". Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via EBSCO.
  7. ^ Brooks, Daphne A. (2008). "The Write to Rock: Racial Mythologies, Feminist Theory, and the Pleasures of Rock Music Criticism". Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. 12 (1): 54–62. doi:10.1353/wam.0.0002. S2CID 191429506. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Project Muse.
  8. ^ Nyong'o, Tavia. "Musical Miscegenation? Rock Music and the History of Sex". Hemispheric Institute. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. ^ Mahon, Maureen (2004). Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race. Duke University Press. pp. 262. ISBN 9780822333173. kandia crazy horse.
  10. ^ Ochieng' Nyongó, Tavia Amolo (2006). "Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll, and: Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race, and: Afropunk: The "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger" Experience (review)" (PDF). TDR: The Drama Review. 50 (1): 183–187. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Project Muse.
  11. ^ "Kandia Crazy Horse". Rock's Backpages Library. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  12. ^ "'Reclaiming Right to Rock' Conference at IU Examines Black Experiences in Rock Music". States News Service. 21 October 2009.
  13. ^ Scherstuhl, Alan (15 December 2014). "2014's Top Country Albums Prove the Music's Flourishing, Radio Be Damned". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  14. ^ Wright, Peter 'Souleo' (6 December 2013). "On the 'A' w/ Souleo: Spoken Word Film 'Slam' Celebrates 15th Anniversary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  15. ^ von Nagel, Amber (1 April 2014). "Kandia Crazy Horse". Acoustic Guitar.
  16. ^ D'Amore, Nick (21 January 2014). "Kandia Crazy Horse - Stampede". Blurt. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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