In Cowboy Hats and Fringe, BeyHive Turns Out in Nashville for Beyoncé

Beyoncé fans had spent the day racing from store to store, searching for their first cowboy hat or pair of white cowboy boots. They brought out the denim jackets lined with silver fringe, the brown and white cow print skirts and the silver rhinestones to stud just above their eyelid.

Then on Friday night, they headed downtown to the famed strip of honky-tonks and bars on Lower Broadway in Nashville to listen to Beyoncé’s new album, “Cowboy Carter,” a tapestry of not only country music, but also contemporary pop music, funk and other genres.

“I’ve never seen so many people that look like me in cowboy hats in my life,” Nia Blair, 24, marveled, dancing in her own pair of new boots. She added, “one album did all this.”

There was no shortage of celebrations of the superstar’s new album this week: There were listening parties from Atlanta to Houston, a fan day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and a seemingly endless stream of on-theme posts from brands and politicians.

Christian Nevils dances on Friday night.Credit…Liam Kennedy for The New York Times
Sheldon Thomas, a singer, at the listening party.Credit…Liam Kennedy for The New York Times
Nadia Agahozo, right, and Sunset Wilson. Credit…Liam Kennedy for The New York Times
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