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Last night’s show was a concert and promo for the documentary "Country Music" that begins next Sunday the 15th. It's an eight part series. I'm not a big fan of Ken Burns. His style is a little slow for me. I hope this one's good. There will be a lot to learn for those unfamiliar with the genre and Country fans alike.
I’m not very familiar with Ken Burns particularly, but did find the overall production and performances quite enjoyable and am looking forward to the ongoing series. I’m sure there will be something to learn and a bit of great music.....Jim
@tooblue I hope you can find, I think you would enjoy.
I pulled out an old box set of Jim Reeves, a while back and was very impressed at how clean, clear and present his vocals were. I had a nice listening session last night and plans to do some more in days and evenings to come - a lot to love about some of that old Country.....Jim
@schubert I know in the pasty PBS American Masters did segments on Copland, Gershwin, Andrew Loyd Webber and others, so may be something coming up.
Over the past couple of years we saw specials on Andrew Loyd Webber, Katherine Jenkins, Leonard Cohen and wife's favorites, Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman. All were very good.
If I see something on American Classical composers coming up, I'll drop a post...........Jim
If the band’s drummer looks familiar, it’s 'cause he’s Chad Cromwell, Neil Young’s drummer for his Prairie Wind show, also taped at The Ryman. I would have preferred they had Harry Stinson (the drummer/singer in Marty Stuart’s band The Fabulous Superlatives), imo a much better player. It was great seeing and hearing Marty in the Show. Quite a mandolin player, ay? He turned pro at the age of 13, being offered a job in Lester Flatt’s road band. 13! Marty owns the Fender Telecaster Clarence White played in The Byrds, and Hank Williams’ Martin acoustic.
This was a pretty good show, lots of excellent artists, There were some major practitioners of the music missing (no Emmylou Harris?!), and why did they have Kathy Mattea, a mediocre singer, doing a Loretta Lynn song instead of Loretta herself? Loretta’s still alive and well, her last two albums having been produced by Jack White.
I love Burns’ documentaries on The Civil War and Mark Twain, and am really looking forward to this one. The reason he did a documentary on Country music and not Classical is because Country is an American art form, Classical a European one. The Civil War, Mark Twain, Baseball, Jazz, Country music. Get it? Burns specializes in U.S. History. I thought everyone knew that ;-) .
Thanks bdp24, for all the good info.
I too wondered why Loretta didn't perform and would have loved to have seen something on Emmylou Harris. Not only a great singer, song writer, musician, in her own right, but I think, at one time or another, over the past four decades, about every relevant pop or country star, sang a duet with Emmylou.
In all though, was a great show.
Jim, I assume the full documentary will include Emmylou, and Gram Parsons, Steve Earle, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Commander Cody, The Byrds, Dylan, maybe even The Band---the whole Rock ’n’ Roll/Country convergence of the late-60’s/early 70’s and beyond.
In the 1980’s, the radio station operating out of the Community College in Northridge, California had great programming of Roots music---Hard Country, Hillbilly, Bluegrass, Blues, Jump Blues, Rockabilly, some Jazz, and much more. Some guys with attitudes like that of schubert considered such music below the dignity of a college, and moved to change the station to an all-Classical format. You know, music more befitting an institution of higher learning. Snobs.
It looks like the follow up documentary may indeed have something that should be of interest to about any music lover. I, for sure, will be following along. No doubt there will be something to inspire me to dig out some particular piece/pieces of forgotten tunes and spend some quality time having another listen.