WCTE PBS screens “Country Music”

L to r: Dolly Parton, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

COOKEVILLE – WCTE and the Cookeville Performing Arts Center will present a free public screening of the new PBS Series “Country Music,”a documentary written and produced by filmmaker Ken Burns on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

WCTE will welcome world-renowned documentarian Dayton Duncan back to Cookeville for the sneak peek screening.  

There is no charge for tickets, but seats are limited so please reserve your space at wcte.org/events.

Dayton Duncan is the writer and co-producer for many Ken Burns documentaries including “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “The Civil War,” “Horatio’s Drive,” “Baseball,” “Mark Twain” and “Jazz.”

“Country Music” is 16-Hour documentary that chronicles the history of country music and explores the crucial questions –– “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?”–– while focusing on the biographies of fascinating trailblazers from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more, who created and shaped it, as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

The “Country Music” hardback coffee table book will be on sale for $55. Duncan will be signing copies starting at 6 p.m. You can preview the book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/564642/country-music-by-dayton-duncan-and-ken-burns/

At 6:30 p.m. guests will move into the auditorium for a 45-minute special edition, sneak peek screening of Ken Burns’ “Country Music” followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Duncan and other panelists.

Reserve your tickets today for an unforgettable night celebrating Country Music, the song of America. There is no charge for tickets to this event thanks to local sponsors: LSN.com, Presley Funeral Home, Cookeville Performing Arts Center and Crossroads Music.

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for more than 40 years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner with education, health services, government, arts, and music. WCTE is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council and is one of only 350 PBS affiliates nationwide.

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