Country Music

Season 1

Season 1 Episode 9 - Don't Get Above Your Raisin' (1984 - 1996)

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As country music’s popularity skyrockets, the genre questions whether it can stay true to its roots. The success of 'New Traditionalists' like Reba McEntire and the Judds suggests it can. Garth Brooks overcomes rejection and explodes onto the scene. After being left behind by his label, Johnny Cash returns to a studio with...

Season 1 Episode 8 - Music Will Get Through (1973 - 1983)

Expired 3.0 13 x
Back in his home state of Texas, Willie Nelson discovers a music scene in Austin, where a mixture of hippies and rednecks seem to get along and welcome offbeat artists like Nelson whose music becomes a hit. Ricky Skaggs has deep Bluegrass credentials, but his time with Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band inspires him to experiment wi...

Season 1 Episode 7 - Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 - 1983)

3.0 5 x
Country music enters a vibrant era of new voices and attitudes. Dolly Parton crosses over to mainstream success and becomes the most famous woman in country music. In 1980, she achieved an entirely new level of national stardom when she joined Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the hit Hollywood movie, Nine to Five.

Season 1 Episode 6 - Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 - 1972)

4.5 13 x
Acclaimed documentary maker Ken Burns explores the history of country music. With the Vietnam War intensifying, America is more divided than ever. Country music is not immune to the divisions. Kris Kristofferson, a former Rhodes Scholar and Army captain, becomes a writer whose lyricism sets a new standard for country songs...

Season 1 Episode 5 - The Sons And Daughters Of America (1964 - 1968)

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See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming 'The Poet of the Common Man', and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.

Season 1 Episode 4 - I Can't Stop Loving You (1953 - 1963)

4.0 13 x
Acclaimed documentary maker Ken Burns explores the history of country music - from its roots in ballads, hymns, and the blues to its mainstream popularity. In Memphis, the confluence of blues and hillbilly music at Sun Studios gives birth to 'rockabilly', the precursor of rock and roll, in which Elvis Presley and Johnny Ca...

Season 1 Episode 3 - The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 - 1953)

4.0 16 x
Acclaimed documentary maker Ken Burns explores the history of country music - from its roots to its mainstream popularity. Country music adapts to the cultural changes of post-war society. Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs transform traditional string band music into something more syncopated - bluegrass. Out of t...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Hard Times (1933 - 1945)

4.0 11 x
Director Ken Burns traces the history of country music and its evolution throughout the 20th century. During the Great Depression and World War II, country music thrives and reaches bigger audiences. Bob Wills adapts jazz’s Big Band sound to create Texas Swing and Grand Ole Opry singer Roy Acuff becomes a national star. De...

Season 1 Episode 1 - The Rub (Beginnings - 1933)

3.0 21 x
After centuries of percolating in the American South, what was first called 'hillbilly music' begins reaching more people through new technologies of phonographs and radio. The Carter Family, with their ballads and old hymns, and Jimmie Rodgers, with his combination of blues and yodelling, became its first big stars.