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Country Music

Country Music

Explore the history of country music - from its roots in ballads and hymns to its eventual mainstream success - and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it "America's Music." Directed by Ken Burns.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/V2JELBIs1tIWOAqZGtsHsw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Episode 6 | Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville. /episodes/get/96204 /episode/96204 "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972) /episode-player/96204

Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.

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Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/nonfzLKs1wXmWksAhzIfnA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Spanish Version - Episode 5 | Los artistas de la música country, como Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard y Charley Pride, reflejan el cambio de Estados Unidos, debido al variado público que convocan. /episodes/get/97512 /episode/97512 Spanish Version | "The Sons and Daughters of America" /episode-player/97512

New country artists like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride reflect a changing America.

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Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/oT-FBp8J5i7Yx011rzTXEA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Spanish Version - Episode 6 | La música country atrae a los artistas a Nashville, Tennessee, mientras que la guerra en Vietnam continúa. Kris Kristofferson establece un estándar lírico. Bob Dylan y The Byrds, entre otros, visitan Nashville, Tennessee, para grabar. /episodes/get/97545 /episode/97545 Spanish Version | "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” /episode-player/97545

Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.

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Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/lAgtDtoByqVxM8B8BIEg_w==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Spanish Version - Episode 7 | Combinaciones de artistas famosos y un nuevo sonido forman parte de las tendencias que prevalecen en la música country entre 1979 y 1983. /episodes/get/97561 /episode/97561 Spanish Version | “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” /episode-player/97561

Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new sound.

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Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/194_EUBtojICH_NrHqSfhA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Episode 7 | Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement. /episodes/get/96235 /episode/96235 “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” (1973 – 1983) /episode-player/96235

Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers' shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the "Outlaw" movement.

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Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/GS_nvDRH4Gbf8XUByQ85Og==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Episode 8 | Learn how “New Traditionalists” like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Witness both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create. /episodes/get/96280 /episode/96280 “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’” (1984 – 1996) /episode-player/96280

Learn how "New Traditionalists" like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Witness both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create.

Air date:
Sun, 09/22/2019 - 03:15
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