Order the Country Roots Music Issue

From Trio to Hank Williams to Tanya Tucker, the Country Roots Music Issue covers a host of music icons with contributions from Imani Perry, Rodney Crowell, Rissi Palmer, and so many others.

Ayana Contreras


Ayana Contreras is a cultural historian, radio DJ, and archivist. An avid collector with more than 8,000 vintage vinyl records, she hosts the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ and Vocalo Radio in Chicago. She is also a columnist for DownBeat magazine, and her book on post–civil rights era cultural history, Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.