COUNTRY MUSIC

Explore the history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.” Directed by Ken Burns. Episodes now streaming. #CountryMusicPBS

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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.

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Spanish Version | "I Can’t Stop Loving You”

01:50:53

Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom.



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Spanish Version | “The Hillbilly Shakespeare”

01:53:15

Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare.

Spanish Version | “Hard Times”

01:52:49

Nashville transforms into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.

“The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933)

01:51:30

So-called “hillbilly music” reaches new listeners and launches its first stars’ careers.

“Hard Times” (1933 – 1945)

01:52:49

Nashville transforms into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.

“The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953)

01:53:15

Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare.

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1953 – 1963)

01:50:53

Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom.