Previews + Extras
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
The late Ralph Stanley plays a banjo tune and describes his playing technique.
Featured artists discuss the genius and singularity of Hank Williams's songwriting and recall memories of the honky-tonker's unique performance style.
Randy Scruggs demonstrates the playing styles of Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis and Doc Watson and discusses the unique features of Watson's banjo.
John McEuen discusses Earl Scruggs' innovations on the banjo. McEuen demonstrates different styles that take us from the melodies of the 1800s to the Bluegrass of today.
Don Maddox, Jean Sheppard, and Marty Stuart swap stories about the Maddox Brothers and Rose.
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