Country Music by Ken Burns

Hard Times (1933-1945)

Series 1 - Episode 2 Hard Times (1933-1945)

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Summary

The history of the American art form focuses on the years 1933 to 1945, when the country music industry evolved with Nashville as its heart. The genre grew in popularity during the Great Depression and the Second World War, when America fell in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry's Roy Acuff. Contributors include Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Ray Benson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ricky Skaggs. Narrated by Peter Coyote.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Peter Coyote
Contributor Emmylou Harris
Contributor Vince Gill
Contributor Marty Stuart
Contributor Ray Benson
Contributor Merle Haggard
Contributor Willie Nelson
Contributor Ricky Skaggs
Director Ken Burns
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