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Nashville’s Ryman Sets Up Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ Documentary Concert


As anticipation grows for Ken Burns’ “Country Music” documentary – which will premiere in September – PBS and Ryman Auditorium have announced a star-studded 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 of the Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight Yoakam. PBS will also film the show for future broadcast.

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

Eight-part, 16-hour ‘Country Music’ is the latest ambitious project from Burns, famous for his explorations of ‘The Civil War’, ‘Baseball’ and ‘Jazz’. It includes interviews with more than 100 personalities, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In a statement, Burns says the Ryman is “a character unto itself” in the film.

“We are very happy to share this film with the country, in cities large and small, from coast to coast. But we are very happy to share it in the regions that gave birth to this art form. our film at Ryman Auditorium, the mother church of country music, and a character in our film himself, is a dream come true for us.

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

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