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Ken Burns Country Music Documentary Details

If you had planned to watch one of the scripted fall TV shows in September, you may need to rethink your schedule. Ken Burns is launching his most recent project, and you won’t want to miss a minute.

Country music will unveil the history of the industry it is named after, exploring in depth where it came from, how it evolved and what it looks like today. As well as having an extremely stunning soundtrack, the multi-part work will also include never-before-seen photos and footage from iconic singers like Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash.

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That’s not all: Ken and his team also met with over 100 people to discuss the roots of the county. Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill are just a few of the many stars who contributed to the film, which took eight years to come together.

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There is clearly a lot of information to follow, so we’ve put together a few details about Country music to bookmark before release.

When is it premiering?

The first four episodes will begin on Sunday, September 15 and run until Wednesday, September 18. The next episode will air from Sunday September 22 to Wednesday September 25. All will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

How long is it?

You had us at Reba and Dolly’s!


Make yourself confortable: Country music is a 16-hour, 8-part journey that will delve into the fascinating history of the genre. It includes bios of stars like the Carter Family, Reba, Dolly, Hank Williams and many more, and researches the roots of the country as a whole – you can’t do that in an hour or less!

How can I watch?

Country music will stream for free on all branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS video app. PBS Station members can watch through the Passport option. It will also be available as a digital download, as well as on Blu-ray and DVD in September.

What else do I need to know?

Well, for starters, it’s not just a documentary. Dayton Duncan, who wrote the film, also released a 464 page photo book titled Country Music: An Illustrated History September 10. A five-CD box set featuring musical highlights from the program will also be released on August 30. Both are available for pre-order on Amazon.

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