On the heels of the History of Country Music by Ken Burns and Florentine Films, I bring more of this story to Memphis:
Florentine Films presents The History of Country Music
The Ken Burns company, Florentine Films, is releasing The History of Country Music to PBS - Broadcast starts Sept. 15, 2019!.
This Documentary is an 8-part (2 hours each) mini-series featuring John McEuen in several episodes in the telling of this history, of which he has been a part. In addition, episode 6, titled Will the Circle Be Unbroken, will cover extensively the historic multi-platinum Will the Circle Be Unbroken album which John initiated with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1972. (Circle is in the Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame!) John is the main on screen 'talking head' telling that wonderful story, which closes that segment. The series is also being 'double bumped’ (meaning it reruns immediately after initial broadcast; series will also rerun this winter). The mini-series uses two cuts from the album as background, lead-in music. This is like a two hour commercial for the classic album.
Florentine Films believes it will be their most watched mini-series program to date.
In conjunction with The History of Country Music show, Sony is releasing an extensive 5-cd box set with booklet - 105 songs - to take advantage of music of the people in the documentary. It will include two cuts from the Circle album and a photo of John with Earl Scruggs...
Also, a ‘table top book’ on the History of Country Music will be released, which includes 12 photos from the sessions and the story of the “…Circle…” album.
McEuen also has a song coming out this year on a project with John Carter Cash - McEuen finished a couple of his dad's (Johnny Cash) poems, wrote music for them, and recorded them with John Carter producing.. and now McEuen is a co-writer with Johnny Cash!!.