KNOXVILLE, TN – March 11, 2019 – A series of events kicks off the tour of the upcoming documentary COUNTRY MUSIC, an eight-part, 16-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, produced by Burns and longtime collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey. The film will premiere Sept. 15 on East Tennessee PBS.
COUNTRY MUSIC, written by Duncan, follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerges to become “America’s music.” COUNTRY MUSIC includes interviews with more than 100 music industry individuals, including 40 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, nearly 600 music cues, 3,200 photographs, hours of archival footage including never-before-seen photos of Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and others.
Ken Burns COUNTRY MUSIC Roadshow – Bristol Public Screening
The local celebration kicks off with a COUNTRY MUSIC promotional Roadshow Bus Tour presented by Bank of America, which will travel through the East Tennessee PBS viewing area. The roadshow tour begins Sunday, March 24 in Bristol. Guests will enjoy a special sneak preview screening of clips from the film and discussion with Burns and other film producers at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets for this event are available at www.paramountcenterforthearts.org.
Ken Burns COUNTRY MUSIC Roadshow – Knoxville Public Screening
On the final leg of his East Tennessee tour, Ken Burns will be at the preview of COUNTRY MUSIC 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25 at Clayton Center for the Arts. Along with a preview of clips from the documentary, a discussion panel with Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey and special guest Ketch Secor, frontman of Old Crow Medicine show will follow. Jim Clayton, founder of Clayton Homes, Philanthropist, and country music enthusiast, will serve as moderator for this evening. Tickets for this event are available at www.claytonartscenter.com.
This initiative is supported locally by the Clayton Family Foundation, Clayton Homes, Film Knoxville and The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol and the City of Sevierville.
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 the following members of ‘The Better Angels Society:’ 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, Fred and Donna Seigel, Mercedes T. Bass, 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, Lillian Lovelace, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.
COUNTRY MUSIC is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC, directed by Ken Burns, written by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Burns.
East Tennessee PBS is a local, community-supported non-profit organization that exists to serve as a community partner affecting positive change by educating, entertaining and challenging minds.
For more information, contact Barbara Shipley at 865-595-0244, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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