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Country Music Series by Ken Burns | THIRTEEN

The eight parts Country music premieres of the series from Sunday September 15 to Wednesday September 18 at 8 p.m. and from Sunday September 22 to Wednesday September 25 at 8 p.m.

From Civil war and The Roosevelts at Jazz and Baseball and Jackie robinson, no one tells the incredible stories of our country like Ken Burns. The famous filmmaker, billed as “America’s storyteller,” turns his lens on a uniquely American art form in Country music, an eight-part documentary series premiered this month on TREIZE.

Featuring interviews with over 80 country music artists, the film follows the evolution of country music through the 20th century, highlighting the pioneers who created and shaped it: The Carter Family, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline , Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and more.

For Burns, one of the joys of creating the series was discovering how diverse the roots of country music are, and how closely they relate to other American musical genres, such as jazz and rock and roll.

“Country music has never been confined to one category. Like America itself, it’s too big for that, ”he says.

The series traces the history of country music, from ‘hillbilly music’ of the 1920s to the popularity of Hollywood singing cowboys during the Great Depression and WWII, to the rise of bluegrass and rockabilly , the transformation of Nashville into Music City USA, and the impact of radio and television on the art form.

The film reveals how country music reflected the evolution of America. Loretta Lynn struck a chord with female fans in the ’60s and’ 70s with “The Pill” and other hit songs. Charley Pride became black country music’s first superstar. Bob Dylan and other artists found a recording house in Nashville as the Vietnam War raged.

We’re also seeing a vibrant new era in country music with Dolly Parton and other megastars, and artists like the Judds helping country music stay true to its roots as the genre reaches new heights.

Like his other films, Burns says that the history of country music provides a window to explore our history, our culture, and who we are as Americans.

“Its history is filled with fascinating people, many of whom came out of poverty but dreamed big dreams and, thanks to their determination and talent, created great art that touched millions of people,” he observes. he.

As Dolly Parton says in the movie, “You can dance to country music. You can cry over it. You can make love to her. You can play it at a funeral. There is something for everyone.

The first four episodes of Country music will be broadcast here and via the THIRTEEN Application Explore start September 15 at 8 p.m. Episodes 5-8 will air September 22 at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the entire series the night of the premiere with the Member Benefit THIRTEEN Passport.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CountryMusicPBS.


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Overview Country music in a half-hour introductory special or browse Country music clips.

You can also broadcast the American masters Documentary on Charley Pride: I’m Just Me until August 29 (thereafter, for members only). THIRTEEN members can broadcast the American masters film Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl, using the Member Benefit, THIRTEEN Passport.