Filmmaker Ken Burns On Why Country Music Is Universal

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  • Published on:  Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • For more than 40 years, Ken Burns has produced documentaries about life in America. He's covered baseball, the civil war, jazz and national parks and his latest documentary is an eight-part series on country music, a uniquely American art form. The series recently premiered on PBS and is currently streaming on Country music has always reflected the American experience, and according to Burns, has had a major influence on other genres like jazz, soul and even rap. Although the documentary ends with the death of Johnny Cash in 2003, Burns says that the popularity of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" is country music's "mic drop moment."


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    Filmmaker Ken Burns On Why Country Music Is Universal
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  • Sarah Jane

    Sarah Jane

     1 months ago

    I mean, without country we wouldn't have I Will Always Love You (thanks Dolly), but universal? Yeah, not nearly as much as other genres.

  • Lani MacLeod

    Lani MacLeod

     1 months ago


  • Erin Joy

    Erin Joy

     1 months ago

    ‘We’re so divided... Everything is dialectic - Everything is pointing out our differences...’

    This ^

    It’s like people are okay with being assholes because they want to be right all of the time.

  • Man Namanam

    Man Namanam

     1 months ago

    Is it ?
    Are you sure ?

  • Laura Hall

    Laura Hall

     1 months ago

    People know Lil nas cant sing... Right?.... Right?!

  • phil3636


     1 months ago

    Ken Burns for president

  • Nate Stewart

    Nate Stewart

     1 months ago +1

    Who else hates country?

    Sorry, I had to say it ;)

  • Trotterhorsr Watson Jr.

    Trotterhorsr Watson Jr.

     1 months ago +1

    Watching his television documentary was an eye opener!

  • ThrdSonofSparda


     1 months ago +1

    I just saw his whole series on PBS, and it was so DAMN good! It was like a nice stroll down memory lane listening to the background stories of all of the artist he covered.

  • Cacao Scotti

    Cacao Scotti

     1 months ago

    So nice to see all sorts of different folks working together. ❤️

  • John Cloois

    John Cloois

     1 months ago

    Country by country it will take over the universe!

  • JC Visuals

    JC Visuals

     1 months ago +4

    Nothing deep, just a catchy song on a platform that reached all kids, tiktok. Plus used for a lot of memes, school plays from elementary to high school, from American schools to Japan schools. It was played everywhere and used for lots and lots of memes.

  • Jennifer Cushman

    Jennifer Cushman

     1 months ago +1

    I don't know why I even watch this. Since I really hate country music. Where my mother loves country music. And my step father loves both blue grass and the older country music. Like the ones from the 50s and 60s. I find both country and blue grass music really irritating just plain torturous for me. I really don't know how any one can stand listening to that garbage. I mostly prefer Bollywood/Hindi dance party music, Christian/Jewish music, and my medieval folk rock band Blackmore's Knight. I guess the main reason of why I hate music like I do. Is that when I was younger I was force to listen to that music. As I was force to learn some country line dancing. And I remember always hating it. It is no wonder why that kind of music I am always going to hate with a passion.

  • Holographic Unicorn

    Holographic Unicorn

     1 months ago +3

    Artists shouldnt limit theirselves on one genre

  • Oliver King

    Oliver King

     1 months ago

    My nemesis, go watch my doc ‘Call Me Olly’ (search it here on YouTube) I had to change my WHOLE name because of this guy Hahahaha

  • Boy Aditya

    Boy Aditya

     1 months ago +1

    On the past, I always Confused between Ken Burns and Dave Foley. But now Ken Burns looks much older, and he got old people's voice, and Dave is fat now 🤭 so no confused now. Both are great artist. Live them both

  • Frederick Jones

    Frederick Jones

     1 months ago +3

    Country music sucks. All it does is take precious air space away from shock DJ's, whose cruelty and profanity amuse us all.

  • FactNTech


     1 months ago +2

    You are reading this comment in your mind.....
    Isn't it???

  • Just Some Bigfoot With Internet Access

    Just Some Bigfoot With Internet Access

     1 months ago +11

    Even we sasquatches like country music

  • Wild James D

    Wild James D

     1 months ago

    All music is universal