Ken Burns and long-time collaborators and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey spent eight years researching and making an eight-part, 16-hour documentary called Country Music, which will air on PBS stations like GPB in September. On Second Thought spoke with producer and writer of the documentary Dayton Duncan to explore the origins and evolution of a genre that rose from the ground up.
After a visit to San Quentin State Prison to screen clips of his new series, Counry Music, for inmates, fimmaker Ken Burns sat down with KQED's Gabe Meline to talk about 5 important songs he discovered while making the documentary.
A stop-work order issued has halted demolition of 152 Nassau Street after it began Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier this month, the city of Atlanta approved a demolition permit to tear down the building to make way for a new Margaritaville Resort.
Recipes and stories from The Cash and Carter Family Cookbook, compiled by their son, award-winning record producer John Carter Cash, now give readers a chance to experience what it was like to sit at the dinner table of two music legends.
Despite the successes of musicians like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves — who won the 2019 Grammy for album of the year for her project Golden Hour, as well as best country album and best country solo performance — the voices of women creators are severely underrepresented.
Black musicians have been prominent contributors to country music for at least a century — from DeFord Bailey to Ray Charles to Solomon Burke to Charley Pride. So why are there still such rigid ideas about what the genre should sound like?
There are few artists in the music business that have had the kind of career Bill Anderson has had. He wrote his first number one hit at age 19 while working as a disc jockey in Commerce, Georgia back in 1957; and since then he has placed 80 singles on the country music charts, 37 of them in the top ten. Anderson spoke with GPB's Bill Nigut about the release of his memior, “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music.”
Growing up at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Jimmy Haney had one dream. To join the musicians he and his father heard on the radio at the Grand Ole Opry. He got his start on that road in the 1950s with an icon of Country Music, but it almost cost him his life. Haney tells his story in a piece from GPB Music and the Field Note Stenographers.
In the eight years filmmaker Ken Burns and his production staff spent crafting the 16-hour documentary series Country Music, they conducted over one hundred interviews, and with Marty Stuart, they found a tour de force.