Ken Burns explores the true roots of country music in new documentary



Over the past 30 years, the films of Ken Burns have covered the Civil War, the Vietnam War, baseball, jazz and more. His latest project, chronicling the story of country music from the hollers of West Virginia to the fields of California, may be his most emotional. “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Jeff Glor sat down with Burns this week here in New York and one of the film’s stars in Nashville to look beyond any current definition of country music and uncover its true roots.

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25 Replies to “Ken Burns explores the true roots of country music in new documentary”

  1. I enjoyed the program, but not sure why Johnny Cash was in every episode, and people like Loretta Lynn had a brief moment. It showed that Johnny Cash was a big train wreck until he was married to June Carter for some time. But I was thinking that the program was how country music started and evolved into what it is today…not a biographical Johnny Cash show.

  2. I think its interesting that ken burns sees rock n roll as a manifestation of country……country came first…..then rock came out of it…..very true

  3. Welsh choral music influenced Black music in early American musical traditions. No musical traditional springs forth full grown, all music came from somewhere and in America, usually multiple some-wheres.

  4. Again: How anyone with a GENUINE respect for Country Music could leave out Johnny Horton compels me to ask this question: How much of all this is a reflection of Mr. Burns' ego – all knowing/all-seeing – as opposed to genuinely caring about what created this whole thing in the first place?

  5. Ken's dark dyed hair looks ridiculous for his age.  At least shave, so the contrast of the white stubble/beard doesn't give it away so easily.

  6. Never a country music listener. This Doc Rocks though! Historically relevant and equally important.

  7. After living in China off and on for a number of years I was thinking about who we are in a different way. Our strength is in our real diversification. Our being so many things is who we are. If we aren't everything, we aren't anything. If we aren't everything, we aren't America, and being America in that way, warts and all, is a wondrous thing.

  8. It's already been mentioned here at least once but it needs to be repeated: Johnny Horton should not have been completely left out of this "History". How important was he? Even Roseanne Cash pointed out her father's choice of the foundation songs every student of country music should know. One of those songs was The Battle of New Orleans. (!)
    Who else created those History Songs? Nobody! And yet tunes like Sink the Bismark; Comanche; North To Alaska; and Johnny Reb were completely and utterly forgotten here. Johnny Cash should have created this documentary.

    I was a fan of Burns' Civil War, but not this one.

  9. Not one word mentioned about John Prine. One photo of prine in a snapshot with Guy Clark, but nobody uttered his name in an eight part 16 hour documentary. So they will mention Kenny Rogers and Travis Tritt, but not a single word about a Grammy winning legend who is highly respected in Nashville.

  10. Today's country music, is no longer country.. The stories are gone. It tells no story if all you can do is say you're country.

  11. Do they have editors at this news station. They have the old Jimmie Rodgers singng and show a picture of the other Jimmie Rodgers who sang Honeycomb.

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