About the Film

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

Country Music explores questions –– such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers 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.

No one has told the story this way before.

ValleyPBS Kids Country Music Talent Search

ValleyPBS and Bank of America hosted a Kids Country Music Talent Search. The winning contestants went on to open for Ken Burns’s Country Music Roadshow in Fresno and Bakersfield. See the highlights.

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Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey are Coming to the Central Valley

ValleyPBS is proud to announce that two Valley towns, Fresno and Bakersfield, will be part of a 30-city national tour with Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey for their upcoming documentary Country Music. These events mark Ken Burns’ first public appearance in the Valley.

The 30-city national Roadshow tour will precede the broadcast with the intent to spark conversation about this uniquely America art form and the people who created it.

The Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow will be held on July 25th, at the Saroyan Theatre and on July 26th at the Bakersfield Fox Theater. Both events will present a preview screening of the film Country Music followed by a Q & A with Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey.

William Saroyan Theatre
730 M St.
Fresno, CA 93721

Thursday, July 25 - 6PM

The Bakersfield Fox Theater
2001 H St.
Bakersfield, CA, 93301

Friday, July 26 - 6PM

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