Yesterday I finished Ken Burns' 8-episode, 16-hour documentary 'Country Music' on PBS. It's a ten-star, must-watch, historical country music extravaganza.

Ken Burns has never disappointed me -- delivering unique, cinematic documentary masterpieces covering topics like the Civil War, Baseball, The West, Lewis & Clark, The National Parks, the Roosevelts, The Vietnam War, Mayo Clinic, and more.

The official description of the film invites:

Country Music chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form that rose from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of our nation.  From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we follow the evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.

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The 8-night series started back on September 15th on PBS, but you have all kinds of options to watch it now.

I watched on-demand with the PBS streaming channel on Roku, and couldn't get enough of it -- as it explores the recording industry, the role of radio, and the stars that brought us to where we are today.

Here are a few ways to jump in with both feet, and start devouring the history of the music we love:

  • The 8-part documentary is available on-demand online at
  • You can find it on PBS, streamed on-demand via services like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.
  • You can also buy the DVDs HERE.

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