Century of Country

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Century of Country

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This 13 part series will examine the origins, history and roots of country music. Hosted by Emmy Award winner James Garner, the in-depth documentary series traces the amazing journey through the songs, stories and stars that have brought country music alive. Country music is America's music, rooted in the nation's history. But the sound that once echoed only through the Appalachian Mountains now echoes in sold-out stadiums around the world and is the most listened-to radio format by adults in the United States. The show takes viewers into the studios, living rooms, honky tonks and saloons that gave birth to distinctive musical styles. From hillbilly to rockabilly, from Western swing to the "Nashville Sound," this series is rich with the sounds and sensations that make up what is called "country." Viewers will see and hear how these styles evolved across a century and meet some extraordinary people along the way. One of the most in-depth looks inside country music it viewers the opportunity to see interviews and historical footage on some of the genres' founding artists to the industry's biggest stars, including Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner and Garth Brooks.

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