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Charley Pride: I’m Just Me | AMERICAN MASTERS | February 22 at 9


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American Masters Celebrates Legendary Performer in Honor of Black History Month with the Broadcast Premiere of
Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Premieres Friday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET on WOUB

Documentary will be available for streaming the following day via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps

This February, for Black History Month, American Masters profiles iconic performers who broke new ground in entertainment as the Civil Rights movement gathered momentum in America.

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi, to his career as a Negro American League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a pioneering country music superstar. Along with exclusive new interviews with Pride himself, the film incorporates original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Marty Stuart, as well as on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests such as Rozene Pride (his wife of 61 years), Willie Nelson and fellow musicians.

Narrated by Grammy-nominated country singer Tanya Tucker, the new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“American Masters is honored to share … incredible stories of  remarkable African American trailblazers during Black History Month,” said Michael Kantor, American Masters Executive Producer. “Charley Pride overcame incredible obstacles to achieve great success, and each has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment and far beyond. Documentaries celebrate enduring legacies while revealing little-known aspects of their lives.”

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me is a production of Corridor Group Productions Inc in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters and ITVS. The film is directed by Barbara Hall, who is also executive producer. Co-executive producers are Greg Hall, Suzanne Kessler and Ed Lanquist. Jon Schouten is producer. Editors are Matthew Walsh and Chris Windings. Writer is John Schouten. Michael Kantor is American Masters series executive producer.
Support for American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me is provided by Mike and Ginny Lester.