COUNTRY MUSIC Screening - Charleston

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Charleston Music Hall

37 John Street

Charleston, SC 29401

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The Lowcountry's only preview of Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, COUNTRY MUSIC

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South Carolina ETV, the ETV Endowment and Charleston Music Hall invite you to the Lowcountry's only sneak preview of Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, COUNTRY MUSIC. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase from the Charleston Music Hall bars. Doors open at 6:30 PM for a pre-show with local musicians Lindsay Holler & Matt Williams! Walk-ins welcome.

COUNTRY MUSIC chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of our nation. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we follow the evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. The series premieres on SCETV on Sunday, September 15th at 8:00 PM. #CountryMusicPBS

COUNTRY MUSIC is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey—Emmy-award winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century, including The Civil War, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust Bowl, and many more.

COUNTRY MUSIC is a sweeping, multi-episode series, exploring the questions, “What is country music?” “Where did it come from?” while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created it—from the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more—as well as the times in which they lived.

We trace its origins in minstrel music, ballads, hymns, and the blues, and its early years when it was called hillbilly music played across the airwaves on radio station barn dances. We follow the rise of bluegrass music with Bill Monroe and we note how one of country music’s offspring—rockabilly—mutated into rock and roll in Memphis. And we see how Nashville slowly became not just the mecca of country music, but “Music City USA.” All the while, we note the constant tug of war between the desire to make country music as mainstream as possible and the periodic reflexes to bring it back to its roots.

Funding for COUNTRY MUSIC was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy’s Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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