"Country Music" on PBS

Ken Burns' "Country Music"

Premiering Sept. 15

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 — coming Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8/7c to 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.

Join a lineup of celebrated artists for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns.

Panhandle PBS "Country Music" events

Western music icon Michael Martin Murphey performs live in the Panhandle PBS studios.
Yellow City Sounds series to continue with Martindale, Shafter duo
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"Country Music" previews

Wynton Marsalis Discusses Black Country Musicians
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Wynton Marsalis Discusses Black Country Musicians

Black musicians were welcomed into country music before they were accepted by whites.

Dwight Yoakam Brings Swagger Back to Country Music
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Dwight Yoakam Brings Swagger Back to Country Music

Dwight Yoakam brings swagger back to country music and claims the term "hillbilly."

Why Country Music | PBS Previews: Country Music
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Why Country Music | PBS Previews: Country Music

The filmmakers discuss the origins of their latest project and what they've learned.

Marty Stuart on The Mother Church of Country Music
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Marty Stuart on The Mother Church of Country Music

Musician Marty Stuart explains how the “Grand Ole Opry” became the heart of Nashville.

Rosanne Cash Reflects on ‘Walk the Line’
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Rosanne Cash Reflects on ‘Walk the Line’

Rosanne Cash tells the story of one of her father’s biggest hit songs.

Marty Stuart on the Mystery of Songwriting
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Marty Stuart on the Mystery of Songwriting

The divine inspiration behind the songs of the “Hillbilly Shakespeare:” Hank Williams.

"Country Music" in photos

Country Music in the Panhandle

Local support provided by:

Bank of America

"Texas" Outdoor Musical Drama

101.9 The Bull

National support provided by:

Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy’s Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith.

 

Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.