The eight-part series chronicles the history and prominence of country music in American culture. Burns announced the miniseries in January , with a projected airdate in Burns cited his ongoing work on other documentary projects as having affected progress on the series. It was always this amalgam of American music and it sprang from a lot of very different roots and then, as it grew, it sprouted many different branches, but they're all connected. The miniseries premiered in the US on September 15, , as a series of eight two-hour episodes. A completely reedited version produced in conjunction with BBC Four, consisting of 9 minute episodes, began airing in the UK on November 22, The TV series presented country music from its earliest stars, such as the Carter Family , and Jimmie Rodgers , followed by influential singers of the likes of Hank Williams , through to notable acts of the second half of the 20th century such as Johnny Cash , Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton , finishing in the s. In support of the release of the miniseries , Bank of America produced a video of the song Wagon Wheel , featuring a collection of musicians from across the United States, with the tag line "Nothing connects the country like country.
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Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly , and a film critic for New York Magazine. Search Query Show Search. Back to home. News Topics. Show Search Search Query. Play Live Radio. Next Up:. Available On Air Stations. All Streams.
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