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Source:  The Oregonian

In his previous documentary series “The Vietnam War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” and “The Civil War,” filmmaker Ken Burns has dug deep into American history, shedding light on dark places and celebrating moments of triumph.

The eight-part, 16-hour “Country Music,” has all the earnestness that is Burns’ trademark.  But in telling the story of this American art form, the director and his collaborators, including writer Dayton Duncan and producer Julie Dunfey, have made possibly the most upbeat work of Burns’ career.

In place of somber tales of deadly battles, divisive racial politics and discrimination found in his other documentaries, much of “Country Music” is a toe-tapping celebration of legendary performers and, above all else, the enduring songs they wrote and made famous.

“Country Music” premieres tonight on PBS.

Read the story at The Oregonian.


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