About the Film

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.

Visit PBS.org to Learn More

Preview Screening Events

Sat., Aug. 24, at 11 a.m.
Sun., Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.
Fayetteville Roots Festival

Sat., Aug. 31, All Day
Historic Dyess Colony
Johnny Cash Boyhood Home

How To Watch


The first four episodes of the series will be available for free to everyone on the night of the premiere episode, Sept. 15. at 7 p.m.

The final four episodes of the series will be available for free to everyone on Sun., Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.

All episodes will be available to watch online via Watch.AETN.org on Sept. 15. at 7 p.m. to AETN Foundation members through the AETN Passport member benefit.

Each episode will stream for free for a period of three weeks. After which access will continue to be available to members of the AETN Foundation for a period of six months from the Sept. 15, 2019 premiere date.

The Broadcast

The eight part series will be air over a consecutive two-week period, Sundays through Wednesdays. Episodes 1-6, will air 7-9 p.m. and will repeat 9:30-11:30 p.m. immediately following; episode 7 is 7-9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.; episode 8 is 7-9 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m. REPEATS: 9/22 starting at 11 a.m. repeating episodes 1-4 leading into episode 5 (second week) at 7 p.m.

"Talkin' Country"

Each night at 9 p.m. following the broadcast and on 9/24 airs at 9:30 p.m.

Exploring Arkansas

Catch country music special editions of Exploring Arkansas airing: Wed., Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 20 at 10:30 p.m.; and Wed., Sept. 25, at 6 :30 p.m.

More Special Programming

Also, be sure to watch more special programming leading up to each new episode.

  • "PBS Previews: Country Music," Sun., Sept. 15, at 12:30 p.m.
  • "The Kate: Jj Grey & Mofro," Sun., Sept. 15, at 1 p.m.
  • "Classic Gospel: The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash," Sun., Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
  • "Classic Gospel: Johnny Cash Music Festival," Sun., Sept. 15, at 3 p.m.
  • "Music Row: Nashville's Most Famous Neighborhood," Sun., Sept. 15, at 4 p.m.
  • "Workin' Man Blues," Sun., Sept. 15, at 5 p.m.
  • "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison," Sun., Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.
  • "AETN Presents:On the Front Row with Pam Tillis" special Mon., Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
  • "AETN Presents:On the Front Row with Salty Dogs" special Tues., Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m.
  • "AETN Presents:On the Front Row with Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys" special Wed., Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
  • "AETN Presents:On the Front Row with Still on the Hill" special Thur., Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
  • "Austin City Limits: Willie Nelson," Thur., Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.
  • "American Masters: Charley Pride," Thur., Sept. 19, at 8 p.m.
  • "Opry Salute to Ray Charles," Thur., Sept. 19, at 9 p.m.
  • "Front Row with Hannah Blaylock and Lost & Found" special Mon., Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Talkin country

AETN's 30-minute local follow-up program will feature discussions on Arkansas's rich country music heritage. Each night following the documentary episode, the program will not only discuss the series, but also bring in voices connected to Arkansas's country music roots to share stories and analysis.

Join Arkansas's own legendary country music radio host Bob Robbins along with special guests Charles Haymes, a beteran country music journalist and historian and chief engineer at Raney Recording Studio, and others beginning Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m.

  • Host
    Bob Robbins
    of 105.1 The Wolf

  • Charles Haymes
    Veteran Country Music
    Journalist and Historian

  • Jon Raney
    Chief Engineer
    Ramey Recording Studio

Country Music is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC, and is directed by Ken Burns.

Funding for Country Music was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of 'The Better Angels Society,' including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy's Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

  • The Bank of America logo
  • The Belmont University logo
  • The Made in Tennessee logo
  • The Nashville and Davidson County logo
  • The Better Angels Society logo
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting logo
  • The PBS logo