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Ken Burns' country music documentary

Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
Anyone else going to watch? I am beyond excited.

Right now, the special taped at the Ryman with lots of performances is on. Amazing. Rhiannon Giddens can sing.
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Apparently not. It was amazing!
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  • mathmommathmom 32377 replies159 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I love Rhiannon Giddons. Did not watch, I don't dislike country music, but haven't really kept up with it since 1979 when it was the soundtrack to a 9 month road trip.
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  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild 22698 replies191 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I can’t wait for the Ken Burns documentary and we watched the Ryman special tonight. We go to the Ryman frequently and love country music. We have our favorites, and love living in the Nashville area where we get to see such great performances.
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I saw Jason Isbell at the Ryman two years ago. Such a reat venue.

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear Pancho and Lefty tonight with all the songs they could have picked from.
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  • mathmommathmom 32377 replies159 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I just heard Pancho and Lefty today as I decide for some reason to revisit Linda Ronstadt while I was at the gym. I'd totally forgotten that I probably heard her version first.
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  • anxiousmomanxiousmom 5810 replies105 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    i can’t wait to see it, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating its start next week. First episode is the same day DD is due - so there’s a slim chance I’ll have to watch in online, if she actually delivers on her due date!
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  • JHSJHS 18403 replies72 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 9
    I would gladly have watched it if I had known it was on.

    Rhiannon Giddens is a really impressive singer, but I don't always love her choice of material. I loved her as a Carolina Chocolate Drop and in Songs of Our Native Daughters, but her solo records have all failed to connect with me. The most recent is really interesting, but not so engaging. Including her in a "country music" category is pure NPR.

    (I just looked at the lineup for the concert. It's like Burns' sense of "real" country music is a pure product of the late 80s/early 90s. That's a period I loved, too. But from the standpoint of the massive business that is country music, all of those artists are a little or a lot outside the mainstream, except for that period of time. Of course, there's nothing wrong with looking at artists a little or a lot outside of the mainstream of whatever. But if you are going to purport to assess a whole genre, you had better address the mainstream of that genre at some point.)
    edited September 9
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I heard two of the producers on the radio talking about the film. He made the point that they are historians, not journalists, so they picked a point in time to end the film rather than keep trying to stay current. They chose the mid-90s, which is likely why the performance aspect didn't go current-day.

    @JHS Here's a link to what aired last night:
    https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/live-at-the-ryman?fbclid=IwAR1oUlWW9vrfbF6bqbim7URDZjWXDI3lYFNjOEVevY0zcD2ZdSCMjcXFb_w
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  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild 22698 replies191 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I heard the first few hours are a little boring- i.e. "this is a banjo..." and it's quite a few hours before they get into the early country musicians.
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  • 2VU06092VU0609 3535 replies59 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I was watching the mens' US Open final, so I recorded the concert last night and I have the dvr programmed to catch all of the series. With strong connections to Nashville, I am really looking forward to this! The most interesting thing I've ever done in Nashville in the tourist category was taking the Studio B Tour that is an optional part of touring the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have friends who just did that tour and loved it. I've never done it but might when I'm there next month.
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1636 replies10 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My DD is literally over the moon to have met him last week. She’s his daughter’s dorm proctor and is beside herself.
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  • 2VU06092VU0609 3535 replies59 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I finished watching the concert last night. Looking forward to watching the series as it begins tonight. It may take me a month to watch it in spurts off the dvr, but I expect it will deliver in the same way that all the Ken Burns series do.
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I loved it. Learned a lot.
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  • momocarlymomocarly 892 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    Just listened to your link. Loved it! Thank you!
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12272 replies217 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I heard the first few hours are a little boring- i.e. "this is a banjo..." and it's quite a few hours before they get into the early country musicians.

    Didn't take 'quite a few hours'. Last night's premiere episode covered several of the early country musicians. It was very interesting, even if you're not a country fan. Our DVR is set to record all of it! Looking forward to the continuation of the story.
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  • one+twoone+two 115 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I didn't plan to watch it -- I'm neutral on country music although I did work in Nashville for about 10 months about 30 years ago -- but we ditched cable a few weeks ago and our digital antenna only picks up 2 stations - NBC and PBS. Then over the weekend our internet went out so no way to watch anything streaming until our replacement router arrives on Tuesday. NBC had on football last night when I needed something to watch while I crafted. So I turned to PBS and ended up watching most of I guess the first episode about Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. And I really enjoyed it. I particularly like early 20th century history so it had particular appeal. And I'm still yodeling (Jimmie Rodgers reference).
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  • scmom12scmom12 3112 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I really enjoyed it. History of the instruments wasn’t boring at all. Fascinated by how easy it was to start a radio station. The marketing of the music by terming it hillbilly music and tricking out dignified looking men as poor white hill people was also interesting.
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  • VaBluebirdVaBluebird 3280 replies229 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Country music is not my thing but I am from NC so it is very interesting to me history wise, if nothing else.
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12871 replies242 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am not a big country fan (tho my dad was, so what I do like is quite old) but I do love bluegrass, so that first episode was great for me.

    Had no idea a banjo came from African gourd instruments!

    I plan to watch the rest.

    Anyone can stream it here, FYI: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/
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