Ken Burns traveled the Tennessee Music Highway to promote his latest film, COUNTRY MUSIC

As a longtime underwriter of Ken Burns’s films, Bank of America is proud to support his latest documentary, COUNTRY MUSIC. It all began with a March 2019 bus tour that took Ken, his team and a few special guests on a road trip throughout the state of Tennessee—the birthplace of country music.

Along for the journey were Ken’s longtime co-producers, Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, as well as Ketch Secor, the lead singer of the band, Old Crow Medicine Show. The four-day tour saw Ken traverse Tennessee, going from Nashville to Bristol, down to Knoxville, and then across the state to Memphis before finally stopping back in Nashville for an epic concert event at the famed Ryman Auditorium (2 hour special airing on PBS September 8th at 8pm ET).

Along the way, Ketch led the bus in a rendition of his famous song Wagon Wheel, with Ken even joining in on harmonica. Other highlights included a stop at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a meet and greet in Sevierville—the home of Dolly Parton—and seeing where famous artists like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

On the last day of the tour, Ken and Ketch joined 5 additional country artists featured in the film series: Rhiannon Giddens, Kathy Mattea, Holly Williams, Marty Stuart, and Ricky Skaggs at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville where Burns announced that he would be donating all 174 hours of interviews from the film to the museum’s archives.

TUNE IN: COUNTRY MUSIC is scheduled to air on PBS September 15th at 8pm ET.


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