Discover the History of Country Music in Ken Burns’ New Documentary

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Birthplace of Country Music

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Tune in to PBS this September for Country Music, Ken Burns’ new documentary that takes viewers on a journey through the history of country music in America. The 16-hour film, which has been in production for more than six years, explores the roots of country music from Appalachia to honky-tonks to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Much of the filming for the multi-episode series took place in Tennessee, as Burns explores the origins of the Bristol Sessions and how Nashville slowly developed into Music City USA. Footage includes biographies of country music icons over the course of the 20th century and interviews with more than 80 musicians.

Country Music premieres on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CST. Following the film’s release, all the recorded interviews will be donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame. To learn more about the film or view the trailer, visit

See more: Music Has Six Degrees to Tennessee

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