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The documentary series Country Music explores the evolution of American country music. The miniseries traces the path of the genre from a fringe rural form to a commercial juggernaut. The series is directed by documentarian Ken Burns. Country Music is a Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 2019. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.9.

Country Music is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Country Music on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, PBS online.

PBS
1 Season, 11 Episodes
September 15, 2019
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series
8.9/10
Cast: Peter Coyote, Marty Stuart
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Country Music Full Episode Guide

  • As the genre takes off, country music artists such as George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds work to keep country music true to its roots; the rise of Garth Brooks and the return of Johnny Cash.

  • Mainstream crossovers and a new "Outlaw" sound are prevalent in country music during the years 1973-1983.

  • Country music draws artists to Nashville, Tenn., as the war in Vietnam wages on; Kris Kristofferson sets a lyrical standard; Bob Dylan and The Byrds, among others, come to Nashville, Tenn., to record.

  • Country music artists like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Charley Pride reflect a changing America as they appeal to wide audiences.

  • A visit to Memphis, Tenn., during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom with a smooth new sound.

  • The country stars of post-war America, including Hank Williams, whose songs are inspired by his troubled and tragically short life.

  • Nashville, Tenn., becomes the center of the country music industry as it grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II.

  • "Hillbilly music" reaches new listeners through phonographs and radio, launching the careers of country music's first big stars -- the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.

  • Dolly Parton sings “Pretty Fair Maid."

  • More discussion of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

  • More on Elvis and rockabilly.

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