Country Music - A Film by Ken Burns

Share this:

Send this via e-mail

Fill out the form below to share this page with your friends.

Enter multiple addresses on separate lines or separate them with commas.
(Your Name) has forwarded a page to you
(Your Name) thought you would like to see this page from the WDSE•WRPT web site.

Premiering Sunday, September 15 at 7pm

This eight-part, sixteen-hour series takes us on a unique journey through the history of country music, starting with its roots in the early 20th century. The program explores exactly what country music is through the words of 80+ country music singers and songwriters including Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart and Loretta Lynn.

Tune in or stream starting Sunday, September 15 at 7pm on PBS North.

Join us for a free advanced screening of part one of this eight part series on Saturday, September 7 at 7pm. Find more information and RSVP Here!

PBS North Schedule

The Rub (Beginnings -1933)
Sunday, September 15 at 7pm and 9pm
Country music reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches big stars.

Hard Times (1933 -1945)
Monday, September 16 at 7pm and 9pm
Singing cowboys and country music grow in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II.

The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 -1953)
Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm and 9pm
The bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America and Hank Williams becomes a honky-tonk star.

I Can't Stop Loving You (1953 -1963)
Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm and 9pm
Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles records a country album.

The Sons and Daughters of America (1964 -1968)
Sunday, September 22 at 7pm and 11pm
Country music reflects changing America. Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Charley Pride are featured.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 -1972)
Monday, September 23 at 7pm and 9pm
Country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, through songwriter Kris Kristofferson.

Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 -1983)
Tuesday, September 24 7pm and 9:30pm
Dolly Parton gets mainstream success. Hank Williams, Jr., Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson are featured.

Don't Get Above Your Raisin (1984 -1996)
Wednesday, September 25 at 7pm and 9pm
George Strait and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Garth Brooks is featured.

More information on the series, including a Spotify soundtrack, previews and special clips can be found at