Vince Gill Praises Ken Burns
Gill proclaims that Country Music is a “masterful choice” of what Burns refers to as “a uniquely American art form.” Gill comments that Burns and his longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfrey were not “insiders” of the industry, thus, allowing them to tell the stories of country music with a “level of objectivity that made for more powerful work.”
“It’s finally got the respect that it’s never had. The story is told in such a profound and honest way. It’s light years more compelling that if we could have told it ourselves. I think we would have lied.”
Gill also treated the audience to two soulful songs performed on acoustic guitar: “A World Without Haggard,” which Gill wrote after learning of the death of country legend Merle Haggard on April 6, 2016; and “A Letter to My Mama.”
Country Music is set to unpack the history of the glitz and the music in which it is named after. It dives deep into its origins and how it evolved into what it is today.
The series is set to tell the story from the very beginning. Drawing its starting point in early 1920, it traces country music history from the first recordings of what was then known as “hillbilly music” to what it is today.
Country Music will be an 8-part, 16-hour journey that will dive deep into the genre’s fascinating history. It includes the biographies of country heavy hitters, like Hank Williams, the Carter Family, and more.
The first four episodes are set to premiere on Sunday, the 15th of September and will carry on through Wednesday, the 18th of September. The next installments will air on Sunday, the 22nd of September all the way through Wednesday, the 25th of September. All will run from 8-10 PM EST.
Country Music will stream for free on all station-branded PBS platforms, including its website and the PBS Video App.
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