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Explore the history of country music — from its roots in ballads and hymns to its eventual mainstream success — and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it "America's Music." Directed by Ken Burns.

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A woman sings into a microphone. | From "Country Music: Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)"
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Country Music

Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)

Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers' shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the "Outlaw" movement.
A man uses both his arms to hoist up an American flag tapestry. | From "Country Music: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)"
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Country Music

Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)

Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.
Charley Pride sings into a microphone. | From "Country Music: The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968)"
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Country Music

The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968)

See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming "The Poet of the Common Man" and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Hank Williams holds a guitar with a child placing a hand on the frets and a girl behind him, and a woman looks smugly into the camera. | From "Country Music: The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)"
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1:53:15
Country Music

The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)

See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprisingly emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
A man holds a guitar with two children beside him. | From "Country Music: Hard Times (1933-1945)"
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1:52:49
Country Music

Hard Times (1933-1945)

Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry's Roy Acuff.
Jimmie Rodgers holds his guitar. | From "Country Music: The Rub (Beginnings -1933)"
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Country Music

The Rub (Beginnings-1933)

See how what was first called "hillbilly music" reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music's first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
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Spanish Version | “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’"

Country music works to stay true to its roots as the genre skyrockets to new heights.
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Spanish Version | “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”

Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new sound.
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Spanish Version | "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.
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Spanish Version | "The Sons and Daughters of America"

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