Country Music

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  • Premiered: Jun 2019
  • Episodes: 8
  • Followers: 18
  • Rank #5966
  • Ended
  • PBS
  • Daily at 8


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Season 1 Discuss
The Rub (Beginnings -1933)
Air date
Sep 15, 2019
See how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music's first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Hard Times (1933 -1945)
Air date
Sep 16, 2019
Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry's Roy Acuff.
The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 -1953)
Air date
Sep 17, 2019
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprisingly emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
I Can't Stop Loving You (1953 -1963)
Air date
Sep 18, 2019
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America's racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City's smooth new Nashville Sound.
The Sons and Daughters of America (1964 -1968)
Air date
Sep 22, 2019
See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming "The Poet of the Common Man" and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 -1972)
Air date
Sep 23, 2019
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.
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 -1983)
Air date
Sep 24, 2019
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.
1x8 Show finale
Don't Get Above Your Raisin' (1984 -1996)
Air date
Sep 25, 2019
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.

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