Ken Burns Country Music Documentary

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  1. Buckocaster51

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    I spent years teaching high school.

    EVERY KID KNEW WHO JOHNNY CASH WAS

    Elvis Presley might be the only other singer that had that recognition.

    Him and maybe Coca Cola.

    I picked up a copy of the companion book to the series. Very good.
     
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    No mention of the No Depression or Red Dirt movements, both of which started within the time limits of the series. But I guess those things really come more from the Rock side.
     
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    Once again : this was not a series for country fans .

    IMO , it was to give some kind of overview of country to people who didn’t know anything about it .
     
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    Worked for me. But then I am still upset over Ken Burns' Jazz
     
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    That’s funny, me too! I never knew the origin of the nickname, but after finding out, every pic of him the rest of the documentary, all I saw was beady eyes and that possum-like eery grin.
     
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    I’m a country fan and I learned a lot and my opinion of a couple of people was changed. I loved it.
     
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    I think It should required viewing for most of the "new" country artists.

    Not sure if some of them know who the Carter family or Roy Acuff even were.

    Sad to see how "country music" has shyed away from what was called the "lunch bucket crowd". To now targeting my 10 year old grand-daughter.

    I was a little disappointed that more focus wasn't put on the Bakersfield and Texas influence.

    Hard to cover it all. But, there was some great music besides Buck, Merle, Rose, Bob Wills, Waylon and Willie that came from those areas.

    The A-Team received a little recognition. Where was James Burton, Don Rich and Roy Nichols.

    All in all, a good series. I enjoyed it. Learned some things I wasn't aware of.
     
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    Not all of those got the full 16-hour treatment...
     
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    I've heard it for years, so I wasn't surprised, but that's the first time I've paid attention first-hand to what a tremendous player Pete Anderson (that was him, wasn't it?) is. Of course Dwight and Buck are pretty good, too. :)
     
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    That was him.
     
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    Man, that last episode...ugghhh. I had largely forgotten/suppressed how much I viscerally disliked Garth Brooks and his whole schtick back then.
     
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    It wasn't a documentary at all. It was a series of min-biopics, many of them excellent, strung together by thin threads, leaving huge gaps.

    But, as Grandpa W used to say, it's better than a kick in the arse.
     
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    I’m a pretty big country fan and enjoying it a great deal. I’m only through episode 3 but am looking forward to the rest. It gives me what I usually want when the TV is on = entertainment.
     
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    Two nights ago, we (wife and I) finished Episode 2. I've been hearing Your Cheatin' Heart almost all my life (born in 1949) but I hadn't tried singing or playing it until yesterday. I googled and wrote down the chords and lyrics, gave a few listens to Hank singing it, and there I was, lol, belting out Your Cheatin' Heart.

    Wifey, bless her heart, says I sound great.

    Really enjoying the series. Learning lots of stuff I didn't know.
     
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    I've had to be careful with that song--I sing it a lot--that I don't garble the verses and sing, "but sleep won't come the way I do." :eek:
     
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    when ken burns does the punk documentary series, he'll cover this in episode 6 'once there were no more punk gigs, the punks found their country roots and found tons of gigs and red dirt and no depression was borne.
     
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    My mind recaps of music this week is all country, or bits of pop songs I recognize the roots of the melodies having be yoinked from. That was a lot of hours of brain injecting of one genre over a short period having binge watched it. ;)
     
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    We watched episode 6 “Will the Circle be Unbroken” tonight.

    It reminded me how influential that album was in my life. It really was was a thrill to see Doc Watson playing his Gallagher guitar. A guitar that I have actually played. It is quite the guitar. Hearing it on the record was the impetus I needed to write “Mr. Gallagher in Wartrace, Tennessee” a letter about a guitar. In early 1975 my Gallagher G-70 was finished and I have been playing Gallagher’s pretty much ever since. By the way, they do “Ring like a bell.”

    I am going to have to dig out my copy of Kristofferson’s Silver Tongued Devil. That is a good ‘in and it has been too long since I have enjoyed it.

    This is GOOD STUFF.
     
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    Well he did record with George Jones (Stranger in the house)
     
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