Join East Tennessee PBS Sunday, March 24th at Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol TN OR on Monday, March 25 at Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville College for a  preview of the new Ken Burns film COUNTRY MUSIC along with panel discussion about the film with acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey  and Old Crow Medicine Show frontman and Knoxville native, Ketch Secor.

Bristol, TN
Paramount Center for the Arts
Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
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Bristol Show Here

Knoxville, TN
Clayton Center for the Arts
Maryville College
Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
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Knoxville Here


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.

These events kick off a national campaign exploring the history and music through screenings and
discussions will take place in more than 30 markets across the country leading up to the
film’s premiere. Kicking off the promotional roadshow is a Country Music bus tour along
Tennessee Music Pathways with stops and events with local stations and other partners
in Cookeville, Bristol, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, with a special concert at
Ryman Auditorium that will be recorded for broadcast later this year. Among the artists
participating in the concert, which will include clips from the film, and be produced by
Opry Entertainment, PBS, and Florentine Films are: Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash,
Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Kathy Mattea, Ketch Secor
of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly
Williams, and Dwight Yoakam. Bank of America, the corporate underwriter of Burns’s
films, is also supporting the concert and the bus tour.

“At the heart of every great country music song is a story,” said Ken Burns. “As the
songwriter Harlan Howard said, ‘It’s three chords and the truth.’ The common
experiences and human emotions speak to each of us about love and loss, about hard
times and the chance of redemption. As an art form, country music is also forever
revisiting its history, sharing and updating old classics and celebrating its roots, which
are, in many ways, foundational to our country itself.”

“We discovered that country music isn’t––and never was––one type of music; it actually
is many styles,” said Dayton Duncan. “It sprang from diverse roots, and it sprouted
many branches. What unites them all is the way the music connects personal stories
and elemental experiences with universal themes that every person can relate to. And
as it evolved, from the bottom up, it created a special bond between the artists and fans
that is unique among all other musical genres.”

“As with so many of their films, Ken and Dayton guide us on a journey through history
that educates and entertains, providing an intimate look into the creative lives of those
women and men who came together to develop an authentic American art form,” said
Perry Simon, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General
Audience Programming.

COUNTRY MUSIC digs deep to uncover the roots of the music, including ballads,
minstrel music, hymns and the blues, and its early years in the 1920s, when it was
called “hillbilly music,” and was recorded for the first time and played across the
airwaves on radio station barn dances. It explores how Hollywood B movies instituted
the fad of singing cowboys like Gene Autry and shows how the rise of juke joints after
World War II changed the musical style by bringing electric and pedal steel guitars to
the forefront.

For press inquiries, please contact: Stephanie Hirlemann, DKC News 212 981 5164