Watertown, NY – Step back in time and journey through the compelling history of a truly unique art form when COUNTRY MUSIC, a new eight-part, 16-hour film directed by Ken Burns, premieres Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18, and Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25 at 8:00pm.

COUNTRY MUSIC explores crucial questions – “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?” – while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created it and shaped it – from the Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and many more – as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

Country music has been a staple in Northern New York and Eastern Ontario for many years. WPBS-TV is encouraging people in the local broadcast community to share their stories on social media about the history of country music and what it means to them by using the hashtag #CountryMusicPBS.

Viewers can tune in to COUNTRY MUSIC on WPBS-TV, as well as in the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. COUNTRY MUSIC will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in September 2019 at The DVD and Blu-ray extras include a preview program, a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made, and material gleaned from the hours of interviews. The series will also be available for digital download.

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario.  WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.  More information about WPBS is available at or by following WPBS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


#  #  #

This entry was posted in  Public Documents, Press Releases, Station News. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.