country music

During PBS’ “Country Music” sessions at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, on July 29, director Ken Burns, from left, featured musician Rosanne Cash, writer and producer Dayton Duncan, producer Julie Dunfey, and featured musicians Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam gather to discuss the impact of country music. “Country Music” will be previewed for free at James Cultural Plaza in Auburn on Sept. 6. Burns’ documentary, “Country Music,” begins airing on Sept. 15 on PBS39.

ANGOLA — Fabiani Theatre at Trine University is teaming up with PBS39 to show a free sneak preview screening of the upcoming television event from PBS, “Country Music,” a film by Ken Burns, on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The series premiers on air and streaming on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on PBS39.

Country Music is an eight-part, 16-hour documentary series that explores the history of this uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, the series shows how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century.

The documentary, written by Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the illustrated companion book, 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.”

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.

The preview will also be shown on Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. at the James Cultural Plaza in downtown Auburn.

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