The famed Wild West – where outlaws rampage and lawmen become legends – is Hollywood’s great script. This is the real story.
The mountain man, the pioneers and prospectors, and of course, the cowboys, are eternal archetypes, but the famed Wild West looked vastly different than the movies. This is the definitive story of the American West – beyond the gunslingers and lawmen — where a diverse group of pioneers shaped a country and built the foundation for modern America. Join Grammy award-winning musician and bard Dom Flemons for a ride into our past… to meet the black and Hispanic cowboys, female homesteaders, immigrants, and tribal leaders who faced unprecedented opportunity, ambition, fortune, and technological marvels to forge new paths across the wilderness.
About the Host
Grammy award-winning musician Dom Flemons is famously known as The American Songster, with a repertoire covering more than 100 years of American roots music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music scholar, actor, slam poet, record collector, and the creator, host, and producer of American Songster Radio Show on 650 AM WSM in Nashville, TN. He first came to the public’s attention in the late 2000s as a member of the Grammy-winning old-timey string ensemble the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and has since released 7 albums, including the March 2023 release of Traveling Wildfire. Flemons was selected for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.