Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns Honors Dolly Parton

The film, which premiered on Sunday, September 15, on PBS, tells the story of country music and some of the genre’s main characters. It highlights individuals who helped elevate the music throughout the years. See never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. “Country Music,” featuring never-before-seen footage and photographs and interviews, documents the creation and defines the country music genre. Mentioned as a trailblazer who created and shaped Country Music, this film takes time to honor our very own Dolly Parton.

Honoring Dolly Parton

Having one of the most successful, memorable and decorated country music careers, Ken Burns makes sure to highlight Dolly Parton. “Country Music” takes time to honor her by telling her story and how she helped shape country music. Some of Dolly’s biggest contributions to country music include her signature songs like “Coat of Many Colors”, “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You.” Of course, when visiting Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN, Dolly’s fans are sure to recognize her patriotic song “Color Me America” and “Sha-Kon-O-Hey” featured in the show.

About The Film

Like the music itself, this film tells stories of hardships and joys shared by everyone. It explores questions –– such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“–– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

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