The documentary chronicles the history of country music and many of its stars, including the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.
The free Redstone Room screening event will feature preview and special guest Dani Lynn Howe, one of the co-hosts of the morning show on local country station WLLR-FM. She will share her experiences in country music, according to an IPTV statement. The event will also include food, drink, music and contests.
At the heart of the film are the stories of unforgettable songs and the artists who created them. “The film explores the extraordinary bond between artists and country music fans and notes the lasting influence of particular songs and musicians across generations,” the statement read.
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over 40 years. Since the Oscar-nominated “Brooklyn Bridge” in 1981, he has directed or produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including “The Civil War”, “Baseball”, “Jazz”, “The Statue of Liberty”, ” Lewis & Clark: The Adventure of the Corps of Discovery”, “Frank Lloyd Wright”, “Mark Twain”, “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson”, “The War”, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea “, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”, “Jackie Robinson”, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War”, “The Vietnam War” and, more recently, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science”.
For more information or to register for free tickets, visit iptv.org/events. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the event will end at 9 p.m. Tune in for the full 4-hour documentary on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. September 15-18 and September 22-25.
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