Country Music

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On Sept. 15, Ken Burns tells the vivid and complex history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and invites us to meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.” Wisconsin Public Television brings Burns’ panoramic view closer to home, offering up nine “Country Music Minutes” with historian Bill C. Malone introducing us to Wisconsin artists who made and continue to make an indelible imprint on this shared songbook. This fall, stream the entire “Country Music” docuseries here, take a minute with our “Minutes” and sing along with our diverse catalog of PBS, WPT and public media country music content.

Highlights

Country Music : PBS Previews: Country Music

Country Music

PBS Previews: Country Music

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of Country Music, coming to PBS Sunday, Sept. 15.

University Place : The Story of Country Music

University Place

The Story of Country Music

Bill C. Malone shares the history of country music through songs and stories.

Country Music : Country Music: Live at the Ryman Concert

Country Music

Country Music: Live at the Ryman Concert

Join a lineup of celebrated artists for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns.

Blank on Blank : Dolly Parton on Getting Dirty

Blank on Blank

Dolly Parton on Getting Dirty

Dolly Parton, as recorded in a 1978 archival interview preserved and animated by the producers of Blank on Blank.

Wisconsin Life : KC Williams

Wisconsin Life

KC Williams

Milwaukee musician KC Williams forges a career from country music to the classroom.

30-Minute Music Hour : Cris Plata and Extra Hot

30-Minute Music Hour

Cris Plata and Extra Hot

Tex-Mex artist Cris Plata blends norteno, conjuto, and ranchera music into a new form.

American Masters : Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

American Masters

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Follow the country music superstar’s journey from segregated Mississippi to Nashville.

Wisconsin Country Music Minutes

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Bill Miller

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Bill Miller

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses Wisconsin-born singer and songwriter Bill Miller.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Bluegrass

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Bluegrass

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the legacy of bluegrass music in Wisconsin.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Cris Plata

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Cris Plata

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the life and music of Wisconsin resident Cris Plata.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Felice Bryant

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Felice Bryant

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the legacy of Wisconsin-born songwriter Felice Bryant.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Dave Dudley

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Dave Dudley

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the work of Wisconsin-born country singer Dave Dudley.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Eddie Rivers

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Eddie Rivers

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses Wisconsin-born steel guitarist Eddie Rivers.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Goose Island Ramblers

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Goose Island Ramblers

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the Goose Island Ramblers and Wisconsin ``Polkabilly.``

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Les Paul

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Les Paul

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the work of Wisconsin-born guitarist Les Paul.

WPT Presents : Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Pee Wee King

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Pee Wee King

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the work of Wisconsin-born accordionist Pee Wee King.

PREVIEWS: COUNTRY MUSIC | A FILM BY KEN BURNS

Country Music : PBS Previews: Country Music

PBS Previews: Country Music

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of Country Music, coming to PBS this fall.

Country Music : Episode 2 Preview | 'Hard Times'

Episode 2 Preview | 'Hard Times'

Nashville transforms into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.

Country Music : Episode 3 Preview | 'The Hillbilly Shakespeare'

Episode 3 Preview | 'The Hillbilly Shakespeare'

Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare.

Country Music : Episode 4 Preview | 'I Can’t Stop Loving You'

Episode 4 Preview | 'I Can’t Stop Loving You'

Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom.

Country Music : Episode 5 Preview | 'The Sons and Daughters of America'

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

New country artists like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride reflect a changing America.

Country Music : Episode 6 Preview | 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?'

Episode 6 Preview | 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?'

Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.

Country Music : Episode 7 Preview | 'Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?'

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

Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new sound.

Country Music : Episode 8 Preview | 'Don’t Get Above Your Raisin''

Episode 8 Preview | 'Don’t Get Above Your Raisin''

Country music works to stay true to its roots as the genre skyrockets to new heights.

African Americans and Country Music

American Masters : Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

American Masters

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Follow the country music superstar’s journey from segregated Mississippi to Nashville.

30-Minute Music Hour : Carolina Chocolate Drops

30-Minute Music Hour

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The 2011 Grammy winners throw down old-time music with a brand-new line-up.

In Performance at The White House : Educational Workshop: Darius Rucker

In Performance at The White House

Educational Workshop: Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker talks to kids and performs at the White House Educational Workshop

Women and Country Music

Country Music

Rhiannon Giddens Inspired by Powerful Women

Rhiannon Giddens explores the compelling stories and powerful women of ’90s country music.

PBS NewsHour : Reba McEntire on women in country and returning to her roots

PBS NewsHour

Reba McEntire on women in country and returning to her roots

Reba McEntire on women in country music and returning to her roots

Country Music

Jeannie Seely Reflects on Women’s Representation

Songwriter Jeannie Seely talks about how the way women were represented in country songs was changing.

PBS NewsHour : Shunned by country radio, female artists fight to be heard

PBS NewsHour

Shunned by country radio, female artists fight to be heard

Shunned by country radio, female artists in Nashville are looking to break through

Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life : Paco Fralick

Paco Fralick

Rhinelander musician Paco Fralick learns that it’s never too late to follow his dreams.

Wisconsin Life : Modern Cellist

Modern Cellist

Kim Souther is a classically trained cellist who is now making a unique genre of music.

Wisconsin Life : KC Williams

KC Williams

Milwaukee musician KC Williams forges a career from country music to the classroom.

Wisconsin Life : Wiscon-Sing

Wiscon-Sing

David HB Drake is a folk singer with a unique history program called “Wiscon-Sing.”

30-Minute Music Hour

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Austin City Limits

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Bluegrass Underground

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