As the Vietnam War intensifies, COUNTRY MUSIC asks “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972) from Ken Burn’s – Thursday, August 11 at 9 pm

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Ken Burn’s “Country Music”

Thursday nights at 9 pm on WOUB


Maybelle Carter, Randy Scruggs, and Doc Watson at a 1971 recording session
Maybelle Carter, Randy Scruggs, and Doc Watson at recording session for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken, 1971.
Credit: Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

Country Music explores questions — such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“ — while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

No one has told the story this way before.

August 11 at 9 pm

Episode Six |  “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972)

With the Vietnam War intensifying, America is more divided than ever. Country music is not immune to the divisions and, like the nation itself, its stars respond to the conflict differently in their songs. Kris Kristofferson, a former Rhodes Scholar and Army captain, abandons the career his parents have planned and becomes a writer whose lyricism sets a new standard for country songs. Bob Dylan, the Byrds, and other non-country artists find Nashville a creative place to record. And a hippie band from California, the Nitty Gritty Band, comes to town to create a landmark album that bridges the gap between the generations.