Music documentary

Johnny Cash leads Ken Burns documentary “Country Music” from Sunday | Local entertainment

South Arkansas country music icon Johnny Cash will be featured in the first episode of Ken Burns’ new 4-hour documentary series, “Country Music.”

Cash was born in Kingsland (Cleveland County) and raised in the Dyess community of northeast Arkansas.

The episode will focus on singer / songwriter Johnny Cash and his upbringing in Dyess.

“Country Music” is an eight-part series directed by Burns and produced by Burns and longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. The air will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday on AETN.

The film follows the evolution of country music during the 20th century as it eventually becomes “the music of America”. The first four episodes will air Sunday through Wednesday, September 18, and the final four episodes will air Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. each evening.

Immediately after each episode, AETN will air the local “Talkin ‘Country” series.

“Country Music” explores crucial questions “What is country music?” And where did it come from? “While focusing on the biographies of the 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.

Duncan, Burns and Dunfey spent eight years researching and producing the film, interviewing 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 stock footage, including rare and never-before-seen photos and footage from Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and others.

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