"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

Clips

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Marty Stuart: Back to the Source

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

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Johnny Cash: His Legacy

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

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Marty Stuart's Mandolin

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

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The Song Into Outer Space

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

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

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

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“I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1953 – 1963)

Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom.

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“The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953)

Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare.

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“Hard Times” (1933 – 1945)

Nashville transforms into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.