Support journalism that matters to you

Since COVID-19 impacts us all and we want everyone in our community to have the important information they need, we have decided to make all coronavirus related stories free to read on While we are providing free access to articles, they are not free to produce. The newsroom is working long hours to provide you the news and information you need during this health emergency. Please consider supporting our work by subscribing or donating.

TV tip: Ken Burns' "Country Music"

Get the weekly rundown
Sign up to receive THE FUN never stops!, our weekly A&E newsletter

Ken Burns' "Country Music"

Episode 6, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"

I'm a fan of country music and its history, but I nodded off in Episode 1 of Ken Burns' latest documentary. I vowed to give it another chance when he fast-forwarded at least to the Carter family and Johnny Cash. So I skipped all the way to Episode 6, which covers 1968-72 and explores how country music responded to a nation divided by the Vietnam War. Burns jams a lot into these two hours, including Earl Scruggs, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Cash and Willie Nelson, but the star of the show is Kris Kristofferson, the former Rhodes Scholar/Army captain/janitor who became one of the country's most gifted songwriters. Really, the episode should have been titled "Sunday Morning Coming Down." If you don't have the time or interest to slog through the entire 16 hours, give this episode a try and enjoy.




Loading comments...
Hide Comments