Ken Burns’ 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 twentieth century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has told the story this way before.
The Rub (Beginnings – 1933)
Sunday, September 15, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Learn how so-called “hillbilly music” reaches new listeners and launches its first stars’ careers.
Hard Times (1933 – 1945)
Monday, September 16, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Watch Nashville transform into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.
The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 – 1953)
Tuesday, September 17, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams.
I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953 – 1963)
Wednesday, September 18, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom in Nashville.
The Sons and Daughters of America (1964 – 1968)
Sunday, September 22, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
See how new country artists like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride reflect a changing America.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 – 1972)
Monday, September 23, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.
Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way? (1973 – 1983)
Tuesday, September 24, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new “outlaw” sound.
Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984 – 1996)
Wednesday, September 25, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Learn how country music works to stay true to its roots as the genre skyrockets to new heights.