What is country music? Where did it come from? All these questions and more are answered in a unique way that only Ken Burns has mastered.
Thursday night, WLJT-TV and WUTM 90.3 "The Hawk" co-sponsored a preview of "Country Music: A film by Ken Burns." The preview featured clips from four episodes of the 16 episode documentary series. Ken Burns started this documentary journey 8 years ago.
WLJT's website says the series explores the history of country music from its deep roots in ballads, hymns and blues, to its mainstream popularity. It also says "Country Music" features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists.
Ken Burns focuses on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped the history of country music. He spotlights artists such as 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.
You can watch "Country Music: A film by Ken Burns" on PBS channels, including WLJT, across the country.
Click here for the TV schedule and more information on the episodes. Click here for a neat timeline of the history of country music.