By Alanna Nash
Updated February 13, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Anyone who thinks the black influence on Nashville starts and stops with Charley Pride, Stoney Edwards, and Cleve Francis would do well to check out this three-CD set. From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music painstakingly explores the stylistic interplay between country and blues and folk, highlighting such groundbreakers as Grand Ole Opry harmonica master DeFord Bailey, soul man Ray Charles (who made two albums of country songs in the ’60s), and Nashville star O.B. McClinton. B+