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Country Music

Preview the remarkable people and places behind a true American art form.

New Episode, Hard Times, Tonight, at 8, on UNC-TV!


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 twentieth century. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has told the story this way before.

Tune in or stream tonight, at 8. #CountryMusicPBS
Country Music

PBS Previews: Country Music

Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of Country Music, coming to PBS this fall.

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PBS Previews: Country Music
Dolly Parton Explains Country Music’s Appeal
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Dolly Parton Explains Country Music’s Appeal
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Dwight Yoakam Brings Swagger Back to Country Music
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Why Country Music | Country Music
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Why Country Music | Country Music
Come to where the country is ...

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the new Ken Burns 16-hour blockbuster Country Music at one of UNC-TV's special preview screening events. We enjoyed a sneak peek preview from the film and discussion with local musicians and fellow North Carolina country music fans! Look for more great events from UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina.

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 7 PM (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)
Location: North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC)
About: Join us for a preview screening of Country Music, a film by Ken Burns and a special performance featuring BJ Barham, H.C. McEntire and Eliza Meyer.
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM (Doors Open at 7 PM)
Location: Earl Scruggs Center
(Shelby, NC)
About: Join us for a special preview screening of Country Music, a film by Ken Burns, followed by a discussion and Q&A with J.T. Scruggs and dessert reception.
Date: Friday, September 13, 2019
Time: 6 PM
Location: The Barn
(Julian, NC)
About: Join us for a preview screening of Country Music, a film by Ken Burns, discussion and Q&A and a special concert by Tony Straughn & The Barnyard Bandits.
In-Studio Performances
Rissi Palmer Performing

Premieres Sunday, September 8, on UNC-TV

In Studio brings you North Carolina music artists from a variety of music genres.

Don't miss the debut of UNC-TV's own In Studio: Country Music, with country-inspired concerts by The Kruger Brothers, Tift Merritt and Rissi Palmer.

Recorded before a live studio audience, In Studio brings the concert to your screen!
In Studio

Preview: In Studio with the Kruger Brothers

Uwe, Jens and Joel bring their classical-fused country music to the UNC-TV studio.

In Studio

Preview: In Studio with Tift Merritt

Tift shares her unique style of musicianship and sonic storytelling in the UNC-TV studio.

In Studio

Preview: In Studio with Rissi Palmer

Rissi performs her self-described "Southern Soul Music" in the UNC-TV studio.