Premieres Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18 and Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25, beginning at 8:00pm each night!

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: Country Music.

Country Music is an eight-part, 16-hour documentary series that explores the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, you’ll learn how country music evolved over the course of the twentieth century.

The documentary, written by longtime Burns collaborator Dayton Duncan (who also wrote the illustrated companion book), chronicles the highs and lows of country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” The film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.”

COUNTRY MUSIC explores crucial questions –– “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?”–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived.

Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

Learn more about Country Music

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Click this link to share YOUR Country Music story on the national website… What was your first Country Music Concert?… Who inspired your love for country music?…Who is your country music icon and why? Selected contributions (one of them could be yours!) may be added to the official Country Music website and shared nationwide!

Country Music on PBS is made possible by:

Country Music is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC, and is directed by Ken Burns.

National Funding for Country Music was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy’s Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith.

Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

Country Music on PBS39 is made possible in part by these local businesses:

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