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    Thumbs up Ken Burns Eight-part Series on Country Music

    I found it a monumental experience and would recommend it to anyone. On PBS. It was not what I expected. It was much more. I was deeply moved by parts of it and it gives rich insight into the history of this country and the spirit of the South. Geniuses can be found in any genre. Country is story songs like the soul music of the white population from which it sprang but not without the influence of black culture too and many other influences. I consider this series high up there with the other great Ken Burns presentations. It’s full of soul.
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    My wife and I have been watching the series - enjoying it greatly. Nobody does these types of documentaries as well as Burns.

    When this series is done, we will go back to an earlier Burns series on baseball.

    I'd love to see him do a series on classical music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    My wife and I have been watching the series - enjoying it greatly. Nobody does these types of documentaries as well as Burns.

    When this series is done, we will go back to an earlier Burns series on baseball.

    I'd love to see him do a series on classical music.
    I love the baseball series, too!
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    Ken Burns is a phenomenon and an authentic national treasure. My hat is certainly off to him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post

    I'd love to see him do a series on classical music.
    Howard Goodall's BBC series on YouTube is excellent. It's called The Story Of Music.
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    I love Ken Burns. I’ve watched the Civil War series a few times.
    I’d rather have a root canal sans anesthesia than listen to Country Music

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    I love Ken Burns. I’ve watched the Civil War series a few times.
    I’d rather have a root canal sans anesthesia than listen to Country Music
    That's the beauty and power of Burns' storytelling. I also am not the audience for whom Country music is primarily intended, but Burns' series has got me interested in singling out several Country artists for further listening.

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    Before seeing this series, I did not consider Ernest Tubb to be a genius. Now, I've ordered the Complete Works.

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    I watched a couple episodes of the country doc. It was okay. I didn't grow up listening to any of the music, and I have no interest in honky tonk country. I do appreciate the more accomplished instrumentalists. Especially when they're making their own records as opposed to backing up the rhinstone studded singing stars.

    I'm glad Alison Krauss has had some major success. Many of the big country stars are marginal talents or instrumentalists who have downplayed their skills to appeal to a general audience. Alison is a great musician who stuck to her bluegrass roots. The acoustic side of country has always been my main interest.
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    I liked the Ken Burns series on the Old West. His series on the Vietnam War was way too lopsided.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    - to the USA for creating an artform of profound cultural significance with a one hundred year plus recorded legacy the influence of which resonates to this very day.

    Artists who owe a substantial debt to country music include - Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Steve Winwood, Richard Thompson, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, and just about everyone else you could name who ever sang a song which expressed both love and heartache - the tears and sorrows of the lives we lead - accompanied side by side and step by step by the often unwarranted and unfair vicissitudes which life invariably brings with carefree and reckless abandon... everyone... everyone that is with the possible exception of the Bay City Rollers...

    Country music rocks...
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    ^^^^Excellent post. I am in the curious position of not ever being properly equipped to deal with much country music yet appreciating so much of the other musics and artists that it inspired and nourished. Case in point: Rod Stewart's wonderful album Every Picture Tells A Story as an example of country as a powerful inspiration, source, catalyst for what is regarded as a rock classic. And the album could be claimed as country, should that seem apt.
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    I too have been watching this series. Though it takes me a long time to watch any Ken Burns series. It's on my DVR. I've watched the first two episodes of the eight so far. It'll probably take me a month to watch it all. I'm no binge watcher. I have never really listened to country music, but I do enjoy a few songs, especially from the 40s through 60s. I am enjoying watching this series and I'm learning a lot. I had never heard of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Little Jimmy Dickens, etc.

    I enjoyed Ken Burns' Jazz, I've seen that twice. I liked The Civil War, and the National Parks. And he's done some shorter series about The Dust Bowl, Prohibition and Mark Twain. But I haven't watched The War, nor Baseball, nor New York.

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    I think Ken Burn's next documentary should be "Surf Music."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollie John View Post
    Country music rocks...
    Isn't that one of the criticisms of modern country? It's rock with cowboy hats.
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