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UNC-TV Presents – Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and the Earl Scruggs Center invite you and a guest to join us on Thursday, September 12, at 7 PM, at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, for a special preview screening of Country Music, a film by Ken Burns, followed by a discussion, Q&A and dessert reception.


You will be treated to clips from Ken Burns’ upcoming 16-hour documentary series .The film, which chronicles the history of this uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, including Fred Foster, Jimmie Rodgers, Betty Johnson and Rhiannon Giddens.



Thursday, September 12 at the Earl Scruggs Center
7:00 PM – Doors Open
7:30 PM – Preview Screening of Ken Burns’ Country Music
8:15 PM – Discussion with J. T. Scruggs
8:30 PM – Dessert Reception
9:00 PM – Event Concludes


This is a FREE event, but space is limited and registration is required. RSVPs accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration is done through a third party website (Eventbrite). UNC-TV is managing registration for this invite-only event. Please register you and your guests via Eventbrite or contact Karen Nowak at knowak@unctv.org or 877-407-0004.


More about the film:


Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep, tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns to worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved and emerged as America’s music. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has ever told the story of country music this thoroughly or respectfully before. It’s the magic of Ken Burns and it’s sure to become as big a classic as his Civil War, Baseball, World War II, Jazz and other monumental documentaries.


Country Music premieres on UNC-TV, Sunday-Wednesday, September 15-18, and Sunday-Wednesday, September 22-25, from 8-10 PM.


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.


This special evening is made possible with support from Earl Scruggs Center, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, Bank of America and WETA.


Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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