Country Music

Tune in or stream Sunday, September 15 at 8/7c.

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.

Come to Ken Burns Country Music Day in Keene - August 14

Support for the local broadcast and Country Music Day Event in Keene provided by C & S Wholesale Grocers

Funding for Country Music was 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.


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PBS Previews: Country Music

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of Country Music, coming to PBS this fall.

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PBS Previews: Country Music Trailer

PBS Previews: Country Music Trailer

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of Country Music, coming to PBS this fall.

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Trailer

The history of an American art form. Country Music, a new Ken Burns film. Sept. 15 on PBS.

Brenda Lee Reminisces About Patsy Cline

Brenda Lee Reminisces About Patsy Cline

Country legend Patsy Cline takes young singing sensation Brenda Lee under her wing.

Marty Stuart on the Mystery of Songwriting

Marty Stuart on the Mystery of Songwriting

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


Wynton Marsalis Discusses Black Country Musicians

Wynton Marsalis Discusses Black Country Musicians

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

Jeannie Seely Reflects on Women\'s Representation

Jeannie Seely Reflects on Women\'s Representation

Jeannie Seely on how the way women were represented in Country songs was changing.

Rhiannon Giddens Inspired by Powerful Women

Rhiannon Giddens Inspired by Powerful Women

Rhiannon Giddens explores the compelling stories and powerful women of '90s country music.

Charlie Daniels Meets Itzhak Perlman

Charlie Daniels Meets Itzhak Perlman

Charlie Daniels discovers that country and classical are closer cousins than he imagined.

Loretta Lynn Describes Her Songwriting Philosophy

Loretta Lynn Describes Her Songwriting Philosophy

Coal miner\'s daughter Loretta Lynn describes her songwriting philosophy.

Extended Trailer

Extended Trailer

Get a sneak peek at the remarkable people and places behind a true American art form.

Marty Stuart on Country's 'Mother Church'

Marty Stuart on Country's 'Mother Church'

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

Rosanne Cash Reflects on 'I Walk the Line\'

Rosanne Cash Reflects on 'I Walk the Line\'

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

A Look Ahead

A Look Ahead

What's next for director Ken Burns? Country Music is coming this fall. #CountryMusicPBS.



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