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Airing at the moment in the U.S.A on PBS is 'COUNTRY MUSIC', a film by Ken Burns which is "A Story of America, One Song At A Time".
In the promo trailer, we were treated to a split second of a never before seen piece of film footage of Elvis in colour from 1957. Now that the 8 part, 16 hour series has started we got a little more to wet our thirst for all things Elvis with more from that unseen film reel running 40 seconds and we see that cool Elvis giving a little rockin moves and generally looking damn cool.
Then we get some footage of Johnny Cash walking along a street and then in the back of a car with a cigarette. The footage stays with Johnny, and this time his with Elvis and the two legends look like they are listening to records together. Oh my word how I wish there was sound.
We can only hope that we get to see even more footage from this unseen film reel in the remaining episode.
EPISODES 1 - 8 The Rub (Beginnings -- 1933) (Episode Aired) WKAR HDTV | Sunday, Sep. 15 at 8 pm and 10 pm "Hillbilly music" reaches new listeners through phonographs and radio, launching the careers of country music's first big stars -- the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
Hard Times (1933-1945) (Episode Aired) WKAR HDTV | Monday, Sep. 16 at 8 pm and 10 pm Nashville, Tenn., becomes the center of the country music industry as it grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II.
Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953) (Episode Aired) WKAR HDTV | Tuesday, Sep. 17 at 8 pm and 10 pm The country stars of post-war America, including Hank Williams, whose songs are inspired by his troubled and tragically short life.
Episodes Remaining To Be Aired (At time of article)
I Can't Stop Loving You (1953-1963) WKAR HDTV | Wednesday, Sep. 18 at 8 pm and 10 pm A visit to Memphis, Tenn., during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom with a smooth new sound.
The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968) WKAR HDTV | Sunday, Sep. 22 at 8 pm and 10 pm Country music artists like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Charley Pride reflect a changing America as they appeal to wide audiences.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972) WKAR HDTV | Monday, Sep. 23 at 8 pm and 10 pm Country music draws artists to Nashville, Tenn., as the war in Vietnam wages on; Kris Kristofferson sets a lyrical standard; Bob Dylan and The Byrds, among others, come to Nashville, Tenn., to record.
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983) WKAR HDTV | Tuesday, Sep. 24 at 8 pm and 10 pm Mainstream crossovers and a new "Outlaw" sound are prevalent in country music during the years 1973-1983.
Don't Get Above Your Raisin' (1984-1996) WKAR HDTV | Wednesday, Sep. 25 at 8 pm and 10 pm As the genre takes off, country music artists such as George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds work to keep country music true to its roots; the rise of Garth Brooks and the return of Johnny Cash.
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