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Amid prep for Fourth of July cookouts, pool parties and parades, the On Second Thought team is also cooking up summer playlists – and this year, no playlist would be complete without "Old Town Road."


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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 on PBS stations like GPB in September. GPB is a presenting partner for a preview April 1 at the Atlanta History Center and on Wednesday, April 10, at Savannah's Jepson Center.

 

 


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You know James Brown, Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band. They all carried big sounds all over the world and started in the fairly small city of Macon. A new documentary highlights some of Macon's most influential musicians and performers. It's called "The Macon Sound."

The film's executive producer and narrator, Sharon Collins, gave "On Second Thought" a preview.  "The Macon Sound" premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on GPB TV .


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On this episode of “Two Way Street,” we’re reairing our conversion with Country legend, Bill Anderson.

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Odds are good you have never heard of Emmett Miller. Not too long ago, neither had Ben Arthur.

In this Field Session, we give you singer, songwriter and virtuoso of both guitar and lyric Dylan LeBlanc. In this solo acoustic set from the Bragg Jam Music Festival, LeBlanc performs songs from his debut album "Pauper's Field" as well as the album he's touring now, "Cautionary Tale." Recorded at the Field Note Stenographers Stage at Gallery West in Macon, Georgia. Hear three songs in the video or listen to the whole set in the audio above. 

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Billy Joe Shaver might not be the household name that other country musicians of his generation are. The Texas native who still calls Waco home used to run with Willie and threatened Waylon to make good on a promise to record his songs. But before that he was just a laborer and a cowboy who had to lose three fingers before making a deal with God to do what he was supposed to do: write songs. From the Capitol Theatre in Macon. 

The Scandinavian duo My bubba started singing together after Bubba Tomasdottír answered an ad to rent a room in My Larsdotter's apartment. The name of their band is taken from an anglicized pronunciation of the two singers' first names. And while Larsdotter is from Sweden and Tomasdottír is from Iceland, their music has the sound of something born in America — a blend of old country, blues and bluegrass. Click through for an interview with the duo with NPR's Scott Simon.

 

For more than a decade, The Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song Concert Series has featured icons and rising stars in bluegrass, country, americana, gospel, roots and jazz...everyone from Doc Watson and Del McCoury to Pam Tillis and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. For the first time, GPB Augusta is partnering with The Morris to archive these performances, recorded live at The Historic Imperial Theatre.  This recording features performances by the husband and wife duo, Rob & Linda Williams, as well as Suzy Burges.