Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.Program Website
Funding for AMERICAN EPIC is provided by the Anne Ray Foundation, The Family of Mackinley Sillerman, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Pacific Islanders in Communications with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, The V & L Marx Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and public television viewers.
Elton John and Jack White perform “Two Fingers of Whiskey”
Joseph Kekuku and the origin of the steel guitar
Mississippi John Hurt
Bill Williamson recalls the 1920’s Coal Miners strike in Logan, West Virginia
Musician Charlie Musselwhite remembers Memphis in the past
Willie Nelson Plays “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”