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American Epic

American Epic

Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a film executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett.

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Discover how America's diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii's Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family. Mississippi John Hurt's blues inspires a generation of musicians.

Air date:
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:00
WGBY 57/HD
Tue May 23rd, 9:00pm
Wed May 24th, 2:00am
Thu May 25th, 5:00am
WGBY World
Sat May 27th, 8:00pm
Sun May 28th, 12:00am
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3001151407/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. The Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and Chicago Blues by Howlin’ Wolf. /episodes/get/53313 /episode/53313 Blood and Soil /episode-player/53313

Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. The Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and Chicago Blues by Howlin' Wolf.

Air date:
Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00
WGBY 57/HD
Tue May 16th, 9:00pm
Wed May 17th, 2:00am
Thu May 18th, 5:00am
WGBY World
Sat May 20th, 8:00pm
Sun May 21st, 12:00am
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3000889893/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable recording machine, creating the first recordings of R&B and country songs. /episodes/get/52755 /episode/52755 The Big Bang /episode-player/52755

Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable recording machine, creating the first recordings of R&B and country songs.

Air date:
Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:00
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