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Brian Miller
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Posted: 16 September 2019 at 12:40pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just finished the first episode. Very good. Highly recommended. 
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Agreed, Brian - I thought the first episode was very strong and I will come back
for more.

Burns is usually a critics darling, but this one is getting some middling reviews.
I recall that JAZZ got criticized for leaning too heavily on Wynton Marsalis'
POV, while COUNTRY MUSIC was deemed by one critic as being too wide
ranging.

Music is a tough subject to get everyone to agree on a unified vision, so it's
understandable that it would get some differing opinions. And I think country
music has a lot of baggage in some people's minds.



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Posted: 16 September 2019 at 8:19pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Looks like the PBS app has the first four episodes up to stream. 
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Posted: 17 September 2019 at 8:41am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I'm not a huge country music fan but I am a Ken Burns fan so I was willing to give this series a shot. The first episode was interesting. I'm mostly a blank slate when it comes to knowledge of its early days so I learned a lot. I'm on board for the rest of the series. 
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Episode 2 was really good, as well. There were a couple of things that tied together that I never knew about. 

(And boy, OH, BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? pulled a lot more from these early times in country music than I realized!)
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Halfway through the third installment, and I am really glad I am watching this -
I knew the music and some of the people, but it's fascinating to see how it
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Posted: 20 September 2019 at 8:22am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Missed the first two, but watched The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1933) last night. Interesting to hear how close some of the music from the Maddox Brothers and Rose sounded to early rock & roll. Amazing that Hank Williams was just 29 when he died; he looked a lot older.
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Peter, check it out on the PBS app. You can watch the first two there. 
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 Peter Martin wrote:
Amazing that Hank Williams was just 29 when he died; he looked a lot older.

The very definition of rode hard, put away wet.  He abused himself so much that his physical age defied his actual age.  
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