PBS documentarian Ken Burns is setting his sights on the genre of country music, examining the roots and influence over its lifespan.
The Hollywood Reporter stated country music fans will have to wait for a while before it is broadcast on PBS, which they have tentatively set the date for 2018.
Newsday noted Burns has several projects already lined up for the public broadcasting giant including one on the Gettysburg Address, set to air this Spring, and others on the Roosevelts, Jackie Robinson, and Vietnam. Burns is probably most recognized for his series on the Civil War, his Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge, and his 2001 music miniseries, simply titled Jazz. The Civil War was probably his most decorated, which received more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, the Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a D. W. Griffith Award, and the $50,000 Lincoln Prize.
“What is country music?” is the question that will be explored in the upcoming documentary, and will track the careers of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and several others.
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