"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972)

Episode 6 | Learn how country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, as Army captain turned songwriter Kris Kristofferson sets a new lyrical standard, and artists like Bob Dylan and the Byrds find a recording home in Nashville.

Explore the history of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music.” Directed by Ken Burns. Episodes now streaming. #CountryMusicPBS

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"Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (1968 – 1972)

S1 Ep6 | 1h 51m 17s

Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.

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“The Sons and Daughters of America” (1964 – 1968)

S1 Ep5 | 1h 54m 9s

New country artists like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride reflect a changing America.

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“Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’” (1984 – 1996)

S1 Ep8 | 1h 54m 3s

Country music works to stay true to its roots as the genre skyrockets to new heights.

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“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” (1973 – 1983)

S1 Ep7 | 2h 19m 24s

Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new sound.

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Marty Stuart: Back to the Source

S1 Ep8 | 1m 43s

Marty Stuart reminisces about a quiet moment he had listening to Jimmie Rodgers.

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Johnny Cash: His Legacy

S1 Ep8 | 5m 19s

Friends and family discuss Johnny Cash's return to simple songwriting and record-making.

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Marty Stuart's Mandolin

S1 Ep8 | 1m 56s

Marty Stuart describes the marks and inscriptions on his mandolin and how they got there.

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The Song Into Outer Space

33m 23s

Interviewees pick they would send into outer space to represent country music.

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