Coming to PBS’s American Masters tomorrow, Friday, February 22:
CHARLEY PRIDE: I’M JUST ME
Belmont University, Nashville (January 2019)
The story of the Negro League baseball player turned pioneering country music star.
Charley Pride grew up during segregation in small-town Sledge MS, the son of a cotton farm sharecropper. At the age of 18, he sought advancement via sports, joining the Memphis Red Sox in the Negro League, but found his true calling via music. Listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio with his father, Pride developed a love for country music that inspired his move to Nashville in 1963 during a time of racial strife. In this respectful but simple biography, Barbara Hall recounts how he parlayed his impressive voice and musical talent into an unlikely career as one of the few African American performers working in the genre. Now an octogenarian, Pride reminisces about his life and career, appearing alongside old friends and collaborators like Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.