Country Music "The Rub"

Country Music "The Rub"

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, c.1958.

Credit: Courtesy of Les Leverett Collection, Grand Ole Opry Archives - credit line must always accompany photo

Step back in time and journey through the compelling history of a truly American art form.

Directed by Ken Burns, and produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, Country Music chronicles the highs and lows of country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” The film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.” 

The first episode of eight, The Rub (Beginnings - 1933), airing Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, shows how what was first called “hillbilly music” reached new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launched the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers

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.