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Episode 3: The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)

Summary

How country music adapted to the cultural changes of immediate post-war society between 1945 and 1953. Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs transformed the traditional string band music into something more syncopated - bluegrass. And out of the bars and juke joints came honky-tonk, a new sound with electric guitars and songs about drinking, cheating and heartbreak. Contributors include Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill. Narrated by Peter Coyote.

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NarratorPeter Coyote
ContributorKris Kristofferson
ContributorBrenda Lee
ContributorRicky Skaggs
ContributorVince Gill

Crew

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DirectorKen Burns

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