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Nashville’s Ryman Prepares Ken Burns Country Music Documentary Concert


As anticipation grows for Ken Burns’ documentary “Country Music” – premiering in September – PBS and Ryman Auditorium have announced an all-star concert at the historic venue.

Burns will host “Country Music: Live at the Ryman” on March 27. The show will feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Kathy Mattea, Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight Yoakam. PBS will also be filming the show for future broadcast.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 8 via, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

“Country Music” in eight parts and 16 hours is the latest ambitious project from Burns, famous for his explorations of “The Civil War”, “Baseball” and “Jazz”. It includes interviews with over 100 personalities, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In a statement, Burns says Ryman is “a character himself” in the film.

“We are very happy to share this film with the country, in cities big and small, coast to coast. But we are very happy to share it in the regions that gave birth to this art form. the most American, our film at Ryman Auditorium, Mother Church of Country Music, and a character himself in our film, is a dream for us.

“Country Music” will air its first four parts nightly Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. CT. Parts 5 to 8 will follow from Sunday September 22 to Wednesday September 25.

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