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A-State to Host a Viewing Party for Johnny Cash’s ‘Country Music’ Documentary Episode

A-State to Host a Viewing Party for Johnny Cash’s ‘Country Music’ Documentary Episode


JONESBORO — Arkansas State University is pleased to host an official watch party for an episode of acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’ documentary “Country Music” on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Forum Theater, 115 E. Monroe, Jonesboro. The evening is free and open to the public.

The episode will focus on singer/songwriter Johnny Cash and his upbringing in Dyess. Sponsors of this event include Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), KASU 91.9 FM, Foundation of Arts, Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, and Downtown Jonesboro Association.

Prior to the screening, the Vikki McGee Band will perform at Rotary Centennial Plaza (just outside the Forum), beginning at 6 p.m.

“Country Music,” an eight-part, 16-hour documentary film series directed by Burns and produced by Burns and longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, premieres on AETN on Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m.

Producer Pam Baucom, who has researched Cash’s life, will be one of the guest presenters at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival on Friday, October 18 to share behind-the-scenes stories about the process of putting this project together. massive.

The film follows the evolution of country music during the 20th century as it eventually became “American music”. The first four episodes will air Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18, and the final four episodes will air Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. each night. Immediately after each episode, AETN will air the local series “Talkin’ Country”.

“Country Music” explores crucial questions “What is country music?” And where did it come from?” while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating pioneers who created and shaped it – from the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more – as well as the times they lived in. Just like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of difficulties and joys shared by ordinary people.

Duncan, Burns and Dunfey spent eight years researching and producing the film, conducting interviews with more than 100 people, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame (17 of those interviewed have since died).

These storytellers include historian Bill Malone and a wide range of country artists such as Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Naomi and Wynonna Judd. , as well as studio musicians, record producers and others. The film uses over 3,200 photographs and over two hours of archival footage, including rare and never-before-seen photos and footage of Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and others.