December 19, 2019

Country Music: “The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933)

Learn how so-called “hillbilly music” reaches new listeners and launches its first stars’ careers.

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.

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 Rodger.

Country Music, Friday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

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