History

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.

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972)

1h 51m

Episode 6 | Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.

Episodes

  • Spanish Version | “Hard Times”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Spanish Version | “Hard Times”

    S1 E10 - 1h 54m

    Spanish Version - Episode 2 | Nashville, Tennessee, se convierte en el centro de la industria de la música country mientras se hace más popular durante la Gran Depresión y la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

  • Spanish Version | “The Rub”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Spanish Version | “The Rub”

    S1 E9 - 1h 53m

    Spanish Version - Episode 1 | La música hillbilly llega a nuevos oyentes a través del fonógrafo y la radio, lanzando las carreras de las grandes estrellas de la música country, The Carter Family y Jimmie Rodgers.

Extras + Features

  • Johnny Cash: His Legacy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Johnny Cash: His Legacy

    S1 E8 - 5m 19s

    Friends and family discuss Johnny Cash's return to simple songwriting and record-making and his legacy and impact.

  • Marty Stuart: Back to the Source: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Marty Stuart: Back to the Source

    S1 E8 - 1m 43s

    Marty Stuart reminisces about a quiet moment he had to himself listening to Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family.

  • Episode 8 Preview | "Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 8 Preview | "Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’”

    S1 E8 - 30s

    Learn how “New Traditionalists” like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Witness both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create.

  • Marty Stuart's Mandolin: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Marty Stuart's Mandolin

    S1 E8 - 1m 56s

    Marty Stuart reminisces about the time he spent in Johnny Cash's band and describes the marks and inscriptions on his mandolin and how they got there.

  • Episode 7 Preview | "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 7 Preview | "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”

    S1 E7 - 30s

    Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement.

  • Johnny Cash: Following the Gospel: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Johnny Cash: Following the Gospel

    S1 E7 - 11m 57s

    Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, Marty Stuart, Don Reid and the Oak Ridge Boys discuss Johnny Cash's faith in God and his fellow musicians.

  • Episode 6 Preview | “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 6 Preview | “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

    S1 E6 - 30s

    Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.

  • Episode 5 Preview | "The Sons and Daughters of America": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 Preview | "The Sons and Daughters of America"

    S1 E5 - 30s

    See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming “The Poet of the Common Man” and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.

  • Music Row's A Team: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Music Row's A Team

    S1 E5 - 10m 7s

    Music row musicians discuss their days as members of the fabled “A Team,” describe the mechanics of the pedal steel guitar, and perform excerpts from some of their biggest hits – including one or two surprises.

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