Grand Ole Opry hosting Ken Burns ‘Country Music’ screening

Viewing event to be held Sept 15th at Grand Ole Opry House

Opry Entertainment along with Belmont University, will host a viewing party in celebration of Country Music, a new eight-part, 16-hour documentary by famed filmmaker Ken Burns from 5-9 pm CDT on Sunday, September 15th at the Grand Ole Opry House. In addition to a screening of part one of the documentary, the evening includes a pre-event reception and program, and a special 30 minute performance from Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show.

“As the stewards of the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium where so many of the unforgettable moments featured in this film took place, we are thrilled to host this event and support access to quality programming,” says Scott Bailey, president of Opry Entertainment Group. “Like many of our partners in the Nashville community, we have eagerly anticipated the premiere of this film, and we hope it inspires everyone who watches to visit Nashville and experience this one-of-a-kind city for themselves.”

Tickets for this special event are available to the public for $75 and go on sale Friday, August 23rd at 10 am CDT via Ticket proceeds will benefit Nashville’s local public television station, NPT. Tickets include entry into the Opry’s newly installed immersive Circle Room theater experience, the Old Crow Medicine Show performance, a one-year subscription to PBS Passport (a $60 value), two drink tickets, pre-show hors d’oeuvres and a general admission seat in the Opry House to view the two hour first episode. The first 500 people entering the Opry House will also receive a copy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s forthcoming album, Live at the Ryman. Participating partners in the event also include CMA, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., Tennessee State Tourism, Music City Music Council, Grayline Tours and WPLN (Nashville Public Radio).

“We are thrilled to be working with Opry Entertainment Group to bring this exciting opportunity to our viewers and other country music fans,” states Kevin Crane, NPT’s president and CEO.

Country Music premieres on PBS Sunday, September 15th and airs nightly through Wednesday, September 18th and again on Sunday, September 22nd through Wednesday, September 25th from 7-9 pm CDT each night. The episodes will stream on station-branded PBS platforms for a limited time. PBS Passport members will be able to stream the entire series for a period of six months beginning Sunday, September 15th.

The film follows the evolution of country music and its players over the course of the Twentieth Century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music, focusing on artists such as Garth Brooks, the Carter family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and many more. The film is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey — Emmy-award winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century, including The Civil War, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and many more.

“Ken Burns is a master storyteller who brings history to life in powerful ways,” shares Belmont president, Dr. Bob Fisher. “By selecting country music as his most recent endeavor, he brings renewed attention on the art form and the region that employs and supports so many Belmont alumni. We are honored to help underwrite this film and to sponsor a Nashville premiere at the Grand Ole Opry House, which helped birth this amazing genre.”

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 17th.

Legacy Recordings, in association with Universal Music Group (UMG), will release Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) in a collectible 5 CD deluxe box set edition on Friday, August 30th. The soundtrack showcases essential recordings, drawn from the nearly 600 music cues used in the documentary, covering the wide historic terrain of 20th century American country music. A tree with deep roots and ever-expanding branches, American country music evolved from songs passed down from generations of settlers and slaves until 20th century recording technology made it possible for hundreds and thousands (if not millions) of listeners to share the same musical experience on a record.

2 CD, 2 LP and digital configurations of the multi-artist album will be available Friday, September 13th. Walmart will carry an Walmart Exclusive CD of the soundtrack and Barnes & Noble will release an exclusive, limited edition red, white & blue vinyl product that includes a signed certification of authenticity from Ken Burns.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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