Ken Burns' "Country Music"
Returning Jan. 3
From heartbreak to honky-tonk, hear the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form in a new eight-part film from Ken Burns — returning at 8 pm Friday, Jan. 3, to Panhandle PBS.
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.
Country Music explores questions –– such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers 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 in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.
No one has told the story this way before.
Panhandle PBS "Country Music" events
Americana singer-songwriters Matt Martindale and Charlie Shafter will join forces for the next Yellow City Sounds Live concert.
"Country Music" previews
Black musicians were welcomed into country music before they were accepted by whites.
Dwight Yoakam brings swagger back to country music and claims the term "hillbilly."
Musician Marty Stuart explains how the “Grand Ole Opry” became the heart of Nashville.
Rosanne Cash tells the story of one of her father’s biggest hit songs.