Explore the history of country music - from its roots in ballads and hymns to its eventual mainstream success - and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it "America's Music." Directed by Ken Burns.
See how what was first called "hillbilly music" reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music's first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry.
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprisingly emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly.
See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming "The Poet of the Common Man" and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.
Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr.
Learn how "New Traditionalists" like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots.
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