Rebels and Ramblers: New Ken Burns 'Country Music' Documentary

Sep 12, 2019

From the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and from baseball to jazz, Ken Burns documentaries have covered a range of critical events in American history and culture. Now, country music is getting the Ken Burns treatment. 

He and long-time collaborators and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey spent eight years researching and making an eight-part, 16-hour documentary called Country Music, which will air in six parts beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 on GPB.


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On Second Thought spoke with producer and writer of the documentary Dayton Duncan to explore the origins and evolution of a genre that rose from the ground up, mixing traditions of European immigrants, African American blues, and the hard-won stories of the "common man." We hear the tales behind the songs, recounting the rebels, the ramblers and the innovators who impacted the genre throughout the 20th century.

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