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Posted By: Neil D
22-Sep-19 - 01:07 AM
Thread Name: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
Subject: RE: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
Have a bit more faith in Ken Burns, String. He's not a documentarian who would overlook the black influence on Country. Not only does he comprehensively cover DeFord Bailey and mention Uncle Pen's influence on Monroe, he also talks about Esley Riddle and his influence on the Carters, the black railroad workers that Jimmie Rodgers fetched water for and Rufus "Tee-Tot" Payne whom Hank called his only teacher. Also covered is the Ray Charles impact and yes indeed, the incredible Rhiannon Giddens is one of the commentators.
I have enjoyed it so far but I don't know how much of the final four installments I will watch. Like many here I'm not a fan of modern Country. I've always thought the genre went way to commercial and the series did slightly touch on this. That in the '50s as the music became more and more centered in Nashville there was a definite and unabashed trend towards mass appeal which took the sound away from its roots, too polished, canned if you will.
I feel the same way about rock music in the '70s. As bands like the Eagles and Steely Dan created California Cool with its "production value" and studio homogenization, it completely lost my interest. That's why I felt that Punk Rock for all its perceived lack of virtuosity was a badly needed breath of fresh air. What's Rock and Roll without its rough edges and what's Country without its rusticism.
I originally said I would watch until Hank died, but ended up sticking around til Patsy Cline passed. Not much in Country Music really interested me after that. I'm somewhat interested to see if Doc Watson gets any love in the next segment.