Sunday, Sept. 15, to Wednesday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 22, to Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.
Repeats each evening directly following the first airing, plus Monday, Sept. 16, at 1 a.m. & 3 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 17, to Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2 a.m.; Monday, Sept. 23, at 1 a.m. & 3 a.m.; and Tuesday, Sept. 24, to Thursday, Sept. 26, at 2 a.m.
Step back in time and journey through the compelling history of a truly American art form with this new eight-part film directed by Ken Burns, and produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. The series will stream on station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps.
The documentary, written by Duncan, who also wrote the illustrated companion book (coming from Alfred A. Knopf on Sept. 10), chronicles the highs and lows of country music’s early days. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry,” the film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century.
COUNTRY MUSIC explores crucial questions—“What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?”—while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created and shaped it. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.
Visit the COUNTRY MUSIC website.