Ken Burns Country Music on PBS

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  1. Aug 4, 2019 #1 of 76
    Mabes

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    Really looking forward to this. 25 minute preview now online. Love me some old time country music.

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    Steveknj

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    This might be the first Ken Burns documentary that I'll skip. I have zero interest in country music. When he does one on rock and roll I'm there (I did enjoy the one on Jazz, but while, not a jazz fan per SE, I have some interest in it.)
     
  3. Aug 5, 2019 #3 of 76
    Jon J

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    Burns is releasing some of the unused video to the local stations so I'm sure we'll soon be overwhelmed.
     
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    Howie

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    I'm all over this. I watched about 10 minutes of the preview and it looks really good. I've found that Burns' documentaries are well worth watching even if the topics don't at first appeal to me, and this is a subject I'm looking forward to.
     
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    Really enjoying this show.
     
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    I was only able to watch about half an hour, but really enjoying it so far.
     
  7. gweempose

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    So it only goes to 1996?
     
  8. dwatt

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    Even Ken Burns can't stomach "Bro" Country long enough to make a documentary that includes it.
     
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    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    From an interview in the WSJ:

    The documentary ranges from the 1920s to 1996, when Bill Monroe died and Garth Brooks broke sales records. The stopping point was critical: The filmmakers are historians, and history needs time to settle. “We could have a great conversation about whether Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift will endure as significant artists in 20 years,” Mr. Duncan says. “Maybe, maybe not.”

    For Mr. Cash, the filmmakers [] bent their decision not to go beyond 1996. They included his death—in 2003—in the final episode of “Country Music.”
     
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    I don't like country, but thought this was entertaining. (like most documentaries, I watch in quickmode.. switched between 1.5x and faster.. I do think I watched part of it at 1.9x and could still understand it). I will watch the rest.. I've seen various other Burns documentaries, still haven't seen The Civil War.. watched part of Viet Nam, but eventually downloaded the rest off my Tivo and haven't gone back. I even have a Ken Burns ARWL.
     
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    Tay Tay will endure.. But as a country artist?
     
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    Yeah, her country years seem like a distant memory at this point. I sometimes wonder if country music fans or other country artists felt betrayed when she turned her back on them and went full on pop.
     
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    We've kept a stiff upper lip and stumbled on.
     
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    This is me, too. I watched some snippets and the story of how and why is interesting even if some of the music sounds like a cat got caught in a rocking chair then sang about it.
     
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    I watched part of the episode on the depression era and kept getting reminded of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".

    The ASCAP/BMI thing was interesting, too.
     
  17. Howie

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    Same thoughts here.
     
  18. SullyND

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    I’ve been listening to Old Crow Medicine Show - Ketch Secor’s band (one of the guys they’ve been interviewing throughout - who reminds me of Charlie Sheen for some reason) and I really like them, but I’m a fan of country and bluegrass. If you like bluegrass check them out.

    Anyone listening to the soundtrack?
     
  19. Steveknj

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    I haven't watched or recorded any of this, and I'm torn. On one hand I love Ken Burns and his style of story telling and I always learn things I never knew each time I watch. On the other hand, I don't like Country Music and find it grating on my brain to the point where I can't listen for more than few minutes before it drives me crazy. With all of that said. I'll probably circle back to it at some point and watch, just not right now. I'm not a big fan of jazz, but did watch the Jazz one he did, and enjoyed it (but I don't really dislike the music and took a history of Jazz class in college so I had some interest...also my dad was a big Swing and Dixieland fan so I was familiar with a lot of the material).

    I hope at some point Burns does one on Rock and Roll.
     
  20. Zephyr

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    I hope not... my brain would be stressed similarly. And I think R&R has been documented more often and in greater detail than folk or country. What I enjoy most about any genre is the interaction of contrasting cultures in music. Burns is making that point here.
     

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