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Bluegrass Underground - NEW SEASON!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
September 7 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Truly iconic, profoundly influential, and a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to add to their legendary status.
September 14 – Amanda Shires
Road warrior, new mom and recently minted MFA in creative writing, Shires cuts her own genre blended roots-rock with fierce-sweet violin, soaring vocals and critically acclaimed compositions. Shires was Americana's 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year.
September 21 – Keb’ Mo’
Nashville-based singer/songwriting bluesman and four-time Grammy Award winner Keb' Mo' has been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America."
September 28 – Josh Ritter
Best known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, Josh Ritter is two decades into a storied career, constantly changing and challenging the earlier versions of himself. Josh Ritter, it seems, may just be getting started.
Country Music – A Film by Ken Burns
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.
Sunday, September 15 – The Rub (Beginnings-1933)
See how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Monday, September 16 – Hard Times (1933-1945)
Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.
Tuesday, September 17 – The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)
See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
Wednesday, September 18 – I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953-1963)
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound.
Sunday, September 22 – The Sons & Daughters of America (1964-1968)
See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming “The Poet of the Common Man” and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.
Monday, September 23 – Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)
Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.
Tuesday, September 23 – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)
Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement.
Wednesday, September 25 – Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984-1996)
Learn how “New Traditionalists” like George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots. Witness both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create.
Country Music: Live at the Ryman
Sunday, September 8 & Saturday, September 14 at 8:00pm
Join celebrated musicians for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns. Hosted by Burns and featuring performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more.
The Durrells in Corfu, Season 4, on Masterpiece – NEW SEASON!!
Sunday, September 29 at 8:00pm
The future looks bright for the eccentric Durrells. Louisa turns the family villa into a guest house and cousin Basil moves in. Larry enjoys love with two ballerinas, Leslie throws himself into his job, and Gerry and Margo have business ambitions.
Fridays at 9:00pm
Television’s longest-running performing arts anthology to enjoy the best in music, dance and theater.
September 20 – Now Hear This Vivialdi: Something Totally Different
Explore northern Italy with host Scott Yoo and discover how Vivaldi’s masterwork “The Four Seasons” merged religious melodies, opera and virtuosic violin-playing to create a new era of music.
September 27 – Now Hear This: The Riddle of Bach
Travel to Germany and France to explore Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Host Scott Yoo and his wife, leading flutist Alice Dade, discover a melodic similarity with Vivaldi and a riddle hidden in Bach’s portrait.