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Official Extended Trailer | Country Music | A Film by Ken Burns | PBS

October 31, 2019


♪ I’m so lonesome I could die ♪ BROOKS: Country music comes
from right in here. This heart and soul
that we all have. PARTON: You can dance to it,
you can make love to it, you can play it at a funeral. It has something in it
for everybody. BURNS: Country music is
about human emotions. We’re always looking for
those topics that are going to tell us a lot
about who we are. Not just to the era
that we cover, but who we are now. GIDDENS: If you wanted
to look for like, super strong women telling
really amazing stories, you went to country. ♪♪ LYNN: I mean the songs
were just life. It’s I’ve seen it,
or I’ve lived it. And I never would tell my
husband which one was. PRIDE: I believe that you can go
look and find a country song, that will help you feel better. Sometimes it might make you cry but you’ll feel better. DUNCAN: This is the story of a
uniquely American art form, that sometimes gets defined as
three chords and the truth. And the people who
made it, created it, and how it became a business. CASH: Hello I’m Johnny Cash. ♪♪ CASH: My dad, he worked out all
of his problems on stage. That’s where he took his anguish
and fears and griefs, and he worked them out
with an audience. That’s just who he was. EWERS: I hope that when people
hear of the series that they’ll tune in. It made me a convert out of me,
it’s a wonderful story. ♪♪ NELSON: I always thought it was
a really good song and I played it for Patsy Cline and she thought it was
a great song. BURNS: It’s phenomenally great
music about people who felt their stories
weren’t being told. I think that’s utterly American. ♪♪

58 Comments

  • Reply benblexbenblex August 21, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Ken burns. So white.

  • Reply Michelle Ezeugo August 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I❤️PBS and Ken Burns documentaries

  • Reply mr funball August 27, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Do a documentary on Ken burns hair-do

  • Reply Charlie Seacrist September 3, 2019 at 12:41 am

    pumped for this

  • Reply Rachel S September 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Ken Burns has awesome documentary films on PBS. My favorite was WWII. Most of the series I fell asleep, but what I saw was interesting. Cannot wait until September 15. Old country music is amazing. Both my mom and Dad want to see it as well.

  • Reply L0r3n2 September 4, 2019 at 2:59 am

    You had me at Country & Ken Burns

  • Reply Unappreciated Treehouse September 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Country music comes from "Black" people.
    Chewing gum comes from "Black" people.
    High school teacher comes from "Black" people.
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    Feet comes from "Black" people.
    Pencils comes from "Black" people.
    Lightning comes from "Black" people.
    Wigs comes from "Black" people.
    Alphabet comes from "Black" people.
    Tea comes from "Black" people.
    Ceiling fan comes from "Black" people.
    Tree comes from "Black" people.
    Soccer comes from "Black" people.
    Grandma comes from "Black" people.
    Outside comes from "Black" people.
    Puppy dogs comes from "Black" people.
    YouTube comes from "Black" people.
    Your thumbs comes from "Black" people.

  • Reply James Hull September 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I'll be watching

  • Reply Dolores Krisky September 9, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I certainly hope Ricky Nelson is acknowledged for bringing Rockabilly into the homes of America's families.

  • Reply Leeanna Tweed September 10, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Can’t wait

  • Reply Don LeMaster September 13, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Looking forward to this documentary, saw Burns on C-Span. He delivers.

  • Reply Steven Dudley September 15, 2019 at 12:26 am

    I'll be watching for sure!

  • Reply Sylvia Huybrechts September 15, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Does anybody knows if there's a way to watch this documentary from abroad? I'm a big Country music fan, but I live in Belgium. I really wanna watch this! Any suggestions? Online or…? Tnx! Grtz, Sylvia.

  • Reply Jerry Janski September 15, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Gonna be awesome, but Ken, Paul McCartney called. He wants his wig back.

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Hopefully David Allan Coe made it in the Outlaw episode.

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 16, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Seems Ken forgot to mention Roba Stanley. Hopefully Patsy Montana gets a mention.

  • Reply Your Worst Nightmare - Facts September 17, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I can't tell say loud enough that this is a great show.
    I went to my Mecca, which was the Ryman Theater.
    This is better than that.

  • Reply bert smith September 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    It's interesting and well worth watching but it seems every 5 minutes there has to be some mention of racism throughout each episode. It's gets oh so tiresome.

  • Reply Joe DuRant September 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    In his series on Jazz, he relied too heavily on the most myopic of jazz snobs, Wynton Marsalis. The series suffered as a result. I hope he avoids that here.

  • Reply Glenn Weeks September 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Looking forward to this!!!

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Pretty bigoted of Ken for not giving JD Miller a mention for writing Kitty Wells big hit.

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 19, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Can't skip over Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez.

  • Reply MarkOnline September 19, 2019 at 7:11 am

    This series is not one of Ken Burn's better works. It tells its own politically correct story of Country music, which is not accurate, and quite boring, at times.

  • Reply rockabillycat1954 September 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    No Johnny Horton!? Quite the oversight, Mr. Burns.

  • Reply charliebe28 September 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I couldn't find any more-appropriate webpage, on Facebook or whatever, to make this comment – , so I will post this here:

    As-of my watching the first three episodes of this "Country Music" series by Sept. 17th,`19 – , I have noticed that there were quite-a-few instances of Country Music stars that had been within-recent-years interviewed for the series, but which had died before it was first aired. The singers Little Jimmy Dickens, Merle Haggard, and Mel Tillis are examples of this circumstance. I thought that it was customary for documentaries to include an implicative on-screen notification during any interview of a recent-years deceased person, such as "recorded in [such-and-such year]" – , so that the viewers wouldn't unintentionally be lead to mistakenly think that some already deceased celebrity was actually still alive and giving interviews.

  • Reply Michael Gregory September 19, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Where's littile Jimmy Dickens

  • Reply Josue2018 September 20, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Why is Marty Stuart commenting on almost the entire show? Why don’t we hear more from other country artists.

  • Reply GoodbyePanama September 20, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Waiting for "Punk Rock" – A Film by Ken Burns

  • Reply rukusband September 20, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Great Job as Always Ken But where was The Great JOHNNY HORTON ?

  • Reply Edith Lazenby September 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Love this..it is about time!! Great Series!!!

  • Reply timsopinion September 20, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    This looks to be a great series. Ken Burns – next time pick up the 'salt n' pepper' Just For Men.

  • Reply verna webber September 21, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Why can't I watch this in Canada!!!!!!!!

  • Reply LetArtsLive September 23, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I hope he included not only just Buck Owens but Roy Clark. But I doubt he could fit them All In. I forgot about Charlie Pride I have a couple of his LPS

  • Reply Chuck Yufarley September 23, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Episodes 4 and 5 span the years 1954-68, and George Jones is only mentioned in an occasional comment. They can devote 3 minutes to Jeannie Seely wearing a miniskirt on the Grand Ol Opry, and another 10 minutes on a few other one hit wonders, but somehow can't find a minute to discuss George's rise to stardom. I think I'm done watching this one, Mr. Burns.

  • Reply Targeted Individual September 23, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Seems to be focusing on the personalities rather than the music, which is a national treasure…hmm… Well, classic country music deserves all the limelight it can get.

  • Reply Joey Woolridge September 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    So hooked on this Series…Ken Burns and team kudos again!

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    This doc should be renamed, Ken Burns Blackwashing Country Music, or Ken Burns Johnny Cash Country Music.
    Disappointed, had so much potential.

  • Reply Captain Obvious September 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    My sister and I are spending our date night watching this.

  • Reply Lord High Xcutioner September 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    FYI, PBS site is streaming all 8 episodes for free.

  • Reply lia September 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    little jimmie dickens gets more screen time than ray price. let that sink in.

  • Reply Shooting Star September 24, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I have the entire history of Country Music in my heart, soul and mind. The real documentary lives within me.

  • Reply Harry Caray September 25, 2019 at 12:15 am

    This is not a documentary about country music. It's a documentary about johnny cash hank William's, johnny cash, the carter family and johnny cash.

    Ken Burns is a liberal from the hippie age and it shows. He spent more time showing Bob Dillon. Kris Kristofferson. Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons then he did George Jones, Kenny Roger's or Barbara Mandrell who he only mentioned in passing.

    He never once mentioned the Statler Brothers yet showed them nonstop backing up johnny cash. Also Ken Burns is under the impression the song Will the Circle be unbroken is every country fans favorite song and must be played non stop through all the episodes.

    Way way way too much Marty Stuart and Waylon Jennings!!!!

    Could have been a great documentary if the director actually did any research.

  • Reply inlinx September 25, 2019 at 3:16 am

    This multi-episode documenatry is well-made, but there are unnecessarily too many episodes (2 hours each).

  • Reply Bingo123 September 25, 2019 at 7:03 am

    There's just one more night of he whole documentary series left (like 15 hours already!)… I feel so INVIGORATED in the music… in the great things America has produced!!! (This comment will probably be buried in the avalanche of positive comments… because the whole documentary series is sooooo GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Reply Troy Leong September 25, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I've been a fan if country music since I was around 5 years old. I was a huge KISS fan and then I heard Dolly Parton sing and I was converted. I'm now 47……and have collected 5000+ record albums (yes vinyl), 800+ cd's and loads of mp3's (on my IPOD). I started watching this documentary last week and it's AMAZING!!!!! It starts right at the beginning when country music started to become popular in the 1920's. Of all the documentaries I've ever seen on the subject…..this one is the most thorough. It touches on every aspect of country music. If your a lover of music (not just country music) I think you'll enjoy this show. Thank you sooooooooooo much Ken Burns……you did an AMAZING job!!!!!! I really hate for it to end.

  • Reply Daisy Bell September 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    This documentary is so interesting and I am enjoying seeing the photos and video footage. You need to watch all of the series to see how it covers so many talented artists. Loving it! Some of it brought me to tears. We are losing this style of music today – being forced to listen to other styles. I admire all talents but when I want to hear a specific style, I sure would like to be able to!

  • Reply Eston Alford September 26, 2019 at 3:29 am

    This is a great 16 hour event. Ken Burns could easily double that. I love this film!

  • Reply whitey g September 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I'm glad they didn't go beyond 2005 because that's when country music morphed into second rate southern rock music. I understand it has to change, but screaming guitars and people dressed like bums is not country music. The renaissance and rebirth of the 1990's was just the last breath of real country. All that's left is bluegrass.

  • Reply Ricardo Martin September 27, 2019 at 12:17 am

    You need to make a 10 episode documentary on blues next!

  • Reply Stuart Perry September 27, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Another masterpiece by Ken Burns. They showed each two hour episode- twice, back to back, during the afternoon for most of the week, and I watched all of them; sometimes back to back. I was totally enthralled with the stories, the personalities, the history- and, of course, the music. The music was/is- very special, spiritual, uplifting, inspiring and visceral. So too, were the stories behind the music and the musicians. I especially enjoyed the early segments, the history of the Grand Ole Opry, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Earl Scruggs, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Willie Nelson is an American Treasure. Marty Stuart is a fine story teller, he gets it just right. Enjoyed Hank Williams granddaughter and Roseanne Cash. I've been playing the music from the series- all week. It gets in your head, and touches your heart.

  • Reply D. Brian Casady September 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Too much Marty Stewart. The title is Country Music, but there was Marty Stewart in there. What a crock. Then he gave 30 seconds to someone who had 71 songs chart, one spent 13 weeks at number 1, and charted in the top 10 7 times over the next 40 years following his death. Too influential for only 30 seconds mention. Ken Burns needs to be held upside down over a plate of cornbread for about 10 hours as punishment for using Marty Stewart in that horrible mockumentary.

  • Reply Yo Sam September 27, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I watched every episode and loved it. I grew up with segregation and the only songs got played on the phonograph in our house was Charlie Pride!!!

  • Reply Josh Fox September 29, 2019 at 8:26 am

    How can I watch this in the UK?

  • Reply Joshua Howard September 29, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I don’t understand people who don’t accept the idea that you can love more than one genre of music. I love Rock n Roll and I love pop standards. I love alternative rock, jazz, and country music. Sure, there are artists in each genre that are great, and there are artists in each that are like squeaky chalk on a blackboard.

    Each genre has its own place in life, to me

  • Reply McGillicuty Frank October 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    This doc is a great film for any fan of any kind of music. I enjoyed it immensely and I'm mostly a metal/punk guy, but I like all types of music and this documentary is fantastic and immensely interesting.

  • Reply Casey Dornian October 8, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Where can someone watch this in Canada?!

  • Reply D.P. Snyder October 13, 2019 at 3:03 am

    is this available on YouTube somewhere?

  • Reply Brett Thompson October 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    No one has captured the cigarette sound of music quite like Ken Burns and Peter Coyote in Country Music.

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