Follow his rise as a pioneering country music superstar, “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” on AMERICAN MASTERS – September 15 at 9 pm

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American Masters Celebrates Legendary Performer
Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

Airs Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. on WOUB

Charley Pride circa 1960's singing into studio microphone

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 guestCharley Pride in concert on stages such as Rozene Pride (his wife of 61 years), Willie Nelson and fellow musicians.

Narrated by Grammy-nominated country singer Tanya Tucker, the 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.

“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,” said Michael Kantor, American Masters Executive Producer.

Charley Prideand another player in a Milwaukee Brewer's baseball uniformAmerican 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.