Ken Burns Country Music screening event planned for September 12 at the Breezy Barn
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Dwight Yoakam is among the 101 country music artists interviewed for the series.
Dwight Yoakam is among the 101 country music artists interviewed.

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Pioneer PBS and the Murray County Historical Society will host a special screening, discussion and dance party to celebrate the release of Ken Burns’ new documentary Country Music at the Breezy Barn on 52 Tepeeotah Rd, near Tracy, Minnesota on Thursday, September 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The agenda for the free event is as follows:

5 p.m.: Country music songwriting workshop with Ashley Hanson

6:30 p.m.: Special performance by the Roots of Oak Band

7 p.m.: Line dancing lessons with Ashley Hanson

7:30 p.m.: Country Music screening and discussion

A local history display featuring Dovray's Walt Benton and his Hillbilly Rainbow Band will be available for viewing all evening. For more information visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178

Country Music is an eight-part,16-hour documentary series that explores the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, hymns, minstrel music and the blues performed in small settings to its worldwide popularity, the series explores how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century and emerged to become America’s music.

Country Music focuses on the biographies of the fascinating characters such as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more.

Pioneer PBS is also producing a companion documentary Country Music: Made in Minnesota which combines compelling interviews, commentary and dramatic readings from Minnesotans that have shaped the sounds of our beloved country music from the stage and audiences alike.

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.


About Pioneer PBS

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