This September PBS unveils a new Ken Burns film, Country Music.
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. https://www.kpts.org/programming/country-music/
Tune in to KPTS Channel 8 September 15-18, and 22-25 – 8/7c
Watch a 25 minute preview HERE
KPTS will also be showing a 30 minute, locally produced documentary on Kansas Country on September 13 & 19.
Tune in to hear about the roots of country music in our beautiful state. Plus, hear interviews from artists, concert promoters, and radio personalities that have defined and will continue to define country music in Kansas.
Country Music Ken Burns SOUNDTRACK