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Ken Burns’s #CountyMusicPBS – Review Part II

28 September 2019 @ 17:54

Last Sunday, I reviewed the first four episodes of the Ken Burn’s documentary Country Music.

He kept the raaaaascism obsession to a minimum in the last four episodes as he had done in the first four.

His obsession with Vietnam Bad Bad War™ flared-up slightly but never got Obnoxious enough that I had to stop watching.

Burns did a pretty good job on Outlaw Country, but it could have been longer.

In last episode, which covered 1983 to 1996, he ignored Punk Country, focusing more on people like Garth Brooks and Sahnia Twain.  It’s not as if he didn’t have the time to do so, after all, the seventh episode ran longer than the rest.

I’m happy Burns went beyond 1996 in one instance and included Johnny Cash’s last years.  Mr. Cash exemplified down-to-your-boots Country.

Country Music and other Roots Music [Blues, Rock And Roll] are the only types of Music that have never reached a level of incoherence as Jazz/Swing and Classical did. Even during the worst days of Country Pop, there have been Rebellions that have brought it ‘back home’.

Rock And Roll went through some very shaky times, especially in the Early 1960’s and throughout the 1990’s.

Blues flirted too intimately with Funk in the 1970’s

I would recommend Burns’s Country Music, especially if you want to understand what all that yodeling was about.

-Did I say ‘Punk Country’?  Let’s have some Social Distortion

-Johnny Cash from his best work: the American Recordings of the 1990’s and early aughts…

-One more from The Man In Black:

-The saddest song you’ll ever hear…from George Jones…

-The song that anchored the whole Series was, I think, Perfect.  Here are two versions used: the firsst one by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends [including Mother Maybelle]…

…the second: the one that started it all by The Carter Family [and is, in my Humble opinion, the best version]…


  1. 30 September 2019 @ 09:04 09:04

    Great musical selections.

    Bluegrass and Country basically came from the same roots. The album, and the song, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, is a paean to the roots of country/bluegrass.

    Not being a particular fan of country music, I’m not sure when they diverged into two distinct styles of music. But I know what I like and I do like bluegrass and the older country music and musicians like Doc Watson, Earl Monroe, ect.

    I used to have the album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and I wore it out. Wish I could find it again.

  2. theebl permalink
    01 October 2019 @ 18:04 18:04

    I appreciated Ken did not cut the segment of Gold Star Mother Jan Howard.

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