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 pbs.org. 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