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Country Music writer and producer Dayton Duncan; producer Julie Dunfey; and director and producer Ken Burns. Photo: Evan Barlow

An Interview with the Writer and Producer of Ken Burns's 'Country Music'

Daniel Hautzinger

“Country music is a different way to look at who we are as people and what our shared history is," says Dayton Duncan, the writer and producer of Ken Burns's upcoming eight-part Country Music documentary series. "It is uniquely American in its origin."
The WLS National Barn Dance Cast, October, 1944. Image: Courtesy Lee Cannon/Flickr

When Chicago Was a Center of Country Music

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago is well-known for music: electric blues, gospel, jazz, house. For a couple decades, it was also home to one of the United States' most popular country music radio shows, a program that launched the careers of stars and may have inspired the Grand Ole Opry.
Johnny Cash at his home in California, 1960. Photo: Courtesy Sony Music Archives

'Country Music' By Ken Burns Is Coming

Daniel Hautzinger

He has already explored the history of jazz, and now Ken Burns turns his lens towards America's other great homegrown music in an eight-part, sixteen-hour documentary series coming this fall that explores country's history and people in Burns's trademark exhaustive manner.
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