2nd and 4th Thursday of Each Month
Sanford Center, 3243 N. West River Rd
We’ll kick off this great new series with Ken Burns’ 16-hour documentary series, Country Music, one hour at a time! This series chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created it. More than eight years in the making, the film follows the evolution of country music from its diverse and humble origins as it emerged, by the end of the twentieth century, into a worldwide phenomenon. Filled with memorable musical moments, interviews with more than 80 country music artists, and evocative footage and photographs— many never seen before—it weaves an unforgettable story that is both intimate and sweeping. No one has told the story this way before.
“The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933) Part 2 • Thurs, Feb 13 & 27
Explore the history of country music, from its deep roots in ballads, fiddle and banjo tunes, church music, and the blues to the beginnings of its mainstream popularity. Hear the stories of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, who rose from poverty in the south and used their “hillbilly music” to lay the groundwork for the Country Music phenomenon. Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II, spawning hits from the Maddox Brothers and Rose to Woody Guthrie to Gene Autry to Bob Wills.
Join educator Tom Lowrey on the second and fourth Thursday of each month to watch the videos, learn and discuss. Call 633-3700 or book online to register.