We're SO ready to hang with Johnny, Hank, Loretta, Merle, Dolly, Willie, and the rest of the old-school gang.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 22, 2019
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Country music fans, mark your calendars. Famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' Country Music will debut on PBS on September 15th, 2019 at 8/7c. 

The eight-part, 16-hour documentary mini series will present the history of Country music "from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks," and many other notable figures. 

Produced by Burns — known for great documentary mini series like The Civil War, Baseball, and The Vietnam War — the documentary was written by his long-time collaborator Dayton Duncan, who will also release an illustrated companion book this September. The show "...chronicles 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,'" as the PBS press release describes it. "The film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become 'America’s music.'"

You can pre-order Country Music: An Illustrated History here and watch some of the trailers below.  

 

“At the heart of every great country music song is a story,” said Ken Burns in the press release.  “As the songwriter Harlan Howard said, ‘It’s three chords and the truth.’  The common experiences and human emotions speak to each of us about love and loss, about hard times and the chance of redemption. As an art form, country music is also forever revisiting its history, sharing and updating old classics and celebrating its roots, which are, in many ways, foundational to our country itself.” 

WATCH: 10 Southerners Who Defined Country Music

From learning about how Nashville rose to prominence as Music City USA to hearing from Dolly Parton herself as to why she loves country music so much, every fan is bound to learn something new in this engaging series.

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