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Country music [videorecording] : a film by Ken Burns / a production of Florentine Films ; produced in association with WETA, Washington, DC ; directed by Ken Burns ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey, Ken Burns.

Burns, Ken, 1953- (television director,, television producer.). Duncan, Dayton, (screenwriter,, television producer.). Dunfey, Julie, (television producer.). Coyote, Peter, (narrator.). Ewers, Erik, (editor of moving image work.). Squires, Buddy, (cinematographer.). Florentine Films, (production company.). WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), (production company.). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), (publisher.).


Ken Burns chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of the nation. From its roots in ballads, hymns, and the blues to its mainstream popularity, viewers will follow the evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century as it eventually emerged to become America's music. Features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781531709792
  • ISBN: 1531709796
  • Physical Description: 8 videodiscs (approximately 16 hours) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [United States] : PBS, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Special features: over 3 hours of additional content; over 30 bonus videos; behind-the scenes.
Formatted Contents Note:
Volume one. Episode one, The rub (beginnings-1933). Musical melting pot ; Tuning in ; Fox chase ; Grand Ole Opry ; The road to Bristol ; Keep on the sunny side ; The singing brakeman ; The blue yodeler ; Wildwood flower ; TB blues -- Episode two, Hard times (1933-1945). The Maddox Brothers and Rose ; Turn your radio on ; Number one cowboy ; I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes ; Take me back to Tulsa ; A good-natured riot ; Wabash Cannonball ; the Blue Grass Boys ; They'll love you right back ; Back in the saddle ; Smoke on the water -- Episode three, The hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953). Walking the floor over you ; Move it on over ; I'll hold you in my heart ; Bluegrass breakdown ; Step it up and go ; Country boy ; Lovesick blues ; Country and western ; Mother Maybelle ; I saw the light ; Honky tonk angels ; I'm so lonesome I could cry -- Episode four, I can't stop loving you (1953-1963). J.R. ; Hillbilly cat ; Rockabillies ; It's all intertwined ; Music row ; Walkin' after midnight ; Long black veil ; Folsom Prison blues ; Tootsies ; The Nashville sound ; Honky tonk girl ; Modern sounds ; Ring of fire ; Sweet dreams -- Volume two. Episode five, The sons and daughters of America (1964-1968). I've been everywhere ; I walk the line ; King of the road ; The A-Team ; Music City ; Act naturally ; Woman enough ; Pride ; Mama tried ; Just because I'm a woman ; Ode to Billie Joe ; If they freed me from this prison -- Episode six, Will the circle be unbroken? (1968-1972). So old it was new ; Possum ; Stand by your man ; A boy named Sue ; You ain't going nowhere ; Freedom's just another word ; Nashville skyline ; Sunday morning coming down ; Hee haw ; My son ; The man in black ; My own peculiar way ; Why me, Lord? ; A better world awaiting -- Episode seven, Are you sure Hank done it this way? (1973-1983). Goodbye, dear ole Ryman ; I will always love you ; We're gonna hold on ; Countrypolitan ; Texas cooking ; The same thing, just in different languages ; Hillbilly central ; Ancient tones ; Red headed stranger ; If I could only win your love ; Outlaws ; Family tradition ; Seven year ache ; Simple country girl ; Gold albums ; No Show Jones ; Pancho and Lefty -- Episode eight, Don't get above your raisin' (1984-1996). I don't know why you don't want me ; Uncle Pen ; Amarillo by morning ; Why not me ; Guitars, Cadillacs, and hillbilly music ; The bluebird ; Sweet Pea ; Friends in love places ; Love them and they'll love you back ; Blue moon of Kentucky ; I still miss someone.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Editor, Erik Ewers [and three others] ; cinematographer, Buddy Squires.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Peter Coyote.
System Details Note:
DVD; region 1; NTSC ; widescreen (16x9); English 5.1 surround/2.0 stereo, Spanish 2.0 stereo; with optional English/Spanish SDH subtitles and video description.
Language Note:
English and Spanish audio with optional English (SDH) and Spanish (SDH) subtitles ; audio description in English.
Subject: Country music > History and criticism.
Genre: Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.

Available copies

  • 23 of 27 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


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