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Disc One (From Episodes 1 ("The Rub- Beginnings, 1933") and 2 ("Hard Times, 1933-1945"))

  1. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” – Carter Family
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” – Jimmie Rodgers
  3. “Barbara Allen” – Bradley Kincaid
  4. “I’ll Fly Away” – James and Martha Carson
  5. “If the River Was Whiskey” – Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
  6. “Fox Chase” – DeFord Bailey
  7. “Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin’ on the Corner)” – Jimmie Rodgers
  8. “Wildwood Flower” – Carter Family
  9. “In the Jailhouse Now” – Jimmie Rodgers
  10. “Comin’ Round the Mountain” – Uncle Dave Macon and Sam McGee
  11. “Pretty Polly” – Coon Creek Girls
  12. “T.B. Blues” – Jimmie Rodgers
  13. “Mountain Dew” – Grandpa Jones and His Grandchildren
  14. “Home on the Range” – Gene Autry
  15. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers
  16. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” – Sons of the Pioneers
  17. “Keep on the Sunny Side”/ “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” – Carter Family
  18. “The Great Speckled Bird” – Roy Acuff
  19. “Whoa Babe” – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  20. “New San Antonio Rose” – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  21. “Wabash Cannon Ball” – Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys
  22.  “Mule Skinner Blues” – Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys

Disc 2 (From Episodes Three ("The Hillbilly Shakespeare, 1945-1953") and Four ("I Can't Stop Loving You, 1953-1963"))

  1. “Honky Tonkin’” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  2. “It’s Mighty Dark to Travel” – Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  3. “New Mule Skinner Blues” – Maddox Brothers and Rose
  4. “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” – Eddy Arnold and His Tennessee Plowboys
  5. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” – Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
  6. “Molly and Tenbrook” – Stanley Brothers
  7.  “Lovesick Blues” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  8. “I Saw the Light” – Hank Williams
  9. “Hey, Good Lookin’” – Hank Williams
  10. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” – Kitty Wells
  11. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  12. “Jambalaya” – Little Brenda Lee
  13. “New Step It Up and Go” – Maddox Brothers and Rose
  14. “I Walk the Line” – Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
  15. “Crazy Arms” – Ray Price
  16. “Bye, Bye Love” – Everly Brothers
  17. “The Long Black Veil” – Lefty Frizzell
  18. “El Paso” – Marty Robbins
  19. “Night Life” – Ray Price
  20. “Hello Walls” – Faron Young
  21. “I Fall to Pieces” – Patsy Cline
  22. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
  23. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
  24. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles

Disc 3 (From Episodes Five ("The Sons and Daughters of America, 1964-1968") and Six ("Will the Circle Be Unbroken, 1968-1972"))

  1. “Dang Me” – Roger Miller
  2. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” – Buck Owens
  3. “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” – Loretta Lynn
  4. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
  5. “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” – Charley Pride
  6. “Hungry Eyes” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  7. “Mama Tried” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  8. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” – Jeannie C. Riley
  9. “Don’t Touch Me” – Jeannie Seely
  10. “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
  11. “Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
  12. “She Thinks I Still Care” – George Jones
  13. “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” – The Byrds
  14. “Me and Bobby McGee” – Kris Kristofferson
  15. “Help Me Make It Through the Night” – Sammi Smith
  16. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Kris Kristofferson
  17. “Okie From Muskogee” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  18. “Man in Black” – Johnny Cash
  19. “Girl From the North Country” – Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash
  20. “Grand Ole Opry Song” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  21. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Disc Four (From Episode Seven ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?, 1973-1983"))

  1. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” – Waylon Jennings
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” – Dolly Parton
  3. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
  4. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton
  5. “We’re Gonna Hold On – George Jones and Tammy Wynette
  6. “Texas Cookin’” – Guy Clark
  7. “If I Needed You” – Townes Van Zandt
  8. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Johnny Rodriguez
  9. “I’ve Been a Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be a Long Time Gone)” – Waylon Jennings
  10. “Love Hurts (Live)” – Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels
  11. “Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris
  12. “Bluebird Wine” – Emmylou Harris
  13. “Whiskey River” – Willie Nelson
  14. “Miles and Miles of Texas” – Asleep at the Wheel
  15. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson
  16. “Good Hearted Woman” – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  17. “Family Tradition” – Hank Williams Jr.
  18. “Seven Year Ache” – Rosanne Cash
  19. “Pancho and Lefty” – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  20. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones

Disc 5 (from Episode Eight ("Don't Get Above Your Raisin', 1973-1996"))

  1. “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’” – Ricky Skaggs
  2. “On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson
  3. “Amarillo by Morning” – George Strait
  4. “Somebody Should Leave” – Reba McEntire
  5. “Diggin’ Up Bones” – Randy Travis
  6. “Why Not Me” – The Judds
  7. “Honky Tonk Man” – Dwight Yoakam
  8. “Streets of Bakersfield” – Dwight Yoakam with Buck Owens
  9. “Where’ve You Been” – Kathy Mattea
  10.  “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” – Keith Whitley
  11. “Go Rest High on That Mountain” – Vince Gill
  12. “Guitar Town” – Steve Earle
  13. “She’s in Love With the Boy” – Trisha Yearwood
  14. “Tennessee Flat Top Box” – Rosanne Cash
  15. “Get Up John” – Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers
  16. “Uncle Pen” – Ricky Skaggs
  17. “I Still Miss Someone” – Rosanne Cash
  18. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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I like that the first song on the soundtrack is “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” by the Carter Family, and the last song is “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Essentially the same song, and whoever put the soundtrack together knew what they were doing.  

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The first couple of episodes (historical beginnings up through about Hank W.) should be really, really good especially.

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Ken Burns could make a documentary about paper towels and it would be excellent.

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1 hour ago, Fuck Tim Beck said:

You'd think Burns would go ahead and cover both kinds of music and not just country. Maybe western is another documentary. 

He obviously spends some time on Western swing. 

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1 hour ago, Fuck Tim Beck said:

You'd think Burns would go ahead and cover both kinds of music and not just country. Maybe western is another documentary. 

 

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2 hours ago, Biff Tannen said:

Love all the Jimmie Rodgers on the first disc.  Of course will be giving this a watch.  It's Ken Fucking Burns.

Imagine being @Armybrat and getting to see people like Jimmie Rodgers performing live, before he was well-known.  

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4 minutes ago, atomheartbevo said:

Imagine being @Armybrat and getting to see people like Jimmie Rodgers performing live, before he was well-known.  

Or one of Shakespeare's plays directed by Shakespeare himself!

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24 minutes ago, WBT said:

That soundtrack looks outstanding

I think a lot of care was put into it.  It’s extremely representative of the breadth of country music, and it’s not simply a greatest hits/whatever was topping the charts at a particular moment.   

I feel like I’ve got a good idea of how the series is going to progress based on the individuals CDs.  

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42 minutes ago, Armybrat said:

Heh, I did get to meet John Ritter’s daddyTex, before John was born. Saw Elvis in 1955 or 1956.

 

34 minutes ago, RPM said:

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The Forrest Gump reference works for the Tex Ritter meeting too. 

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While looking up the soundtrack for the Country Music series, I thought about how great the songs were in the Vietnam War series.  Another great soundtrack which will be arriving in 2 days with free shipping.

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Tons of great music in that soundtrack. That was the soundtrack of my youth. I did not hear any rock music(other than Elvis) until I was a teenager(when mom let me buy cassette tapes, bootlegs, at the local trade day). I recall Tex Ritter, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Flatt and Scruggs albums most vividly. We had a few Elvis albums and mom loved her some Patsy Cline.

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This looks so awesome, I cannot wait!

Brenda Lee sang a song about my wife's great grandfather.  "Brother Shelton"

 

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Looks like episode 7 will cover the 70's Austin/Texas scene. 

Another recommendation is the Malcom Gladwell and Rick Rubin podcast Broken Record, specifically episode 4 of season 1. Great hour with 4 Nashville songwriters telling stories. Highly recommend. 

https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/episodes#/episode-4/

 

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On 6/19/2019 at 10:06 PM, atomheartbevo said:

Soundtrack

Disc One (From Episodes 1 ("The Rub- Beginnings, 1933") and 2 ("Hard Times, 1933-1945"))

  1. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” – Carter Family
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” – Jimmie Rodgers
  3. “Barbara Allen” – Bradley Kincaid
  4. “I’ll Fly Away” – James and Martha Carson
  5. “If the River Was Whiskey” – Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
  6. “Fox Chase” – DeFord Bailey
  7. “Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin’ on the Corner)” – Jimmie Rodgers
  8. “Wildwood Flower” – Carter Family
  9. “In the Jailhouse Now” – Jimmie Rodgers
  10. “Comin’ Round the Mountain” – Uncle Dave Macon and Sam McGee
  11. “Pretty Polly” – Coon Creek Girls
  12. “T.B. Blues” – Jimmie Rodgers
  13. “Mountain Dew” – Grandpa Jones and His Grandchildren
  14. “Home on the Range” – Gene Autry
  15. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers
  16. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” – Sons of the Pioneers
  17. “Keep on the Sunny Side”/ “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” – Carter Family
  18. “The Great Speckled Bird” – Roy Acuff
  19. “Whoa Babe” – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  20. “New San Antonio Rose” – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  21. “Wabash Cannon Ball” – Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys
  22.  “Mule Skinner Blues” – Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys

Disc 2 (From Episodes Three ("The Hillbilly Shakespeare, 1945-1953") and Four ("I Can't Stop Loving You, 1953-1963"))

  1. “Honky Tonkin’” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  2. “It’s Mighty Dark to Travel” – Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  3. “New Mule Skinner Blues” – Maddox Brothers and Rose
  4. “I’ll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” – Eddy Arnold and His Tennessee Plowboys
  5. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” – Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
  6. “Molly and Tenbrook” – Stanley Brothers
  7.  “Lovesick Blues” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  8. “I Saw the Light” – Hank Williams
  9. “Hey, Good Lookin’” – Hank Williams
  10. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” – Kitty Wells
  11. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys
  12. “Jambalaya” – Little Brenda Lee
  13. “New Step It Up and Go” – Maddox Brothers and Rose
  14. “I Walk the Line” – Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
  15. “Crazy Arms” – Ray Price
  16. “Bye, Bye Love” – Everly Brothers
  17. “The Long Black Veil” – Lefty Frizzell
  18. “El Paso” – Marty Robbins
  19. “Night Life” – Ray Price
  20. “Hello Walls” – Faron Young
  21. “I Fall to Pieces” – Patsy Cline
  22. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash
  23. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
  24. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles

Disc 3 (From Episodes Five ("The Sons and Daughters of America, 1964-1968") and Six ("Will the Circle Be Unbroken, 1968-1972"))

  1. “Dang Me” – Roger Miller
  2. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” – Buck Owens
  3. “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” – Loretta Lynn
  4. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn
  5. “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” – Charley Pride
  6. “Hungry Eyes” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  7. “Mama Tried” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  8. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” – Jeannie C. Riley
  9. “Don’t Touch Me” – Jeannie Seely
  10. “Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny Cash
  11. “Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
  12. “She Thinks I Still Care” – George Jones
  13. “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” – The Byrds
  14. “Me and Bobby McGee” – Kris Kristofferson
  15. “Help Me Make It Through the Night” – Sammi Smith
  16. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Kris Kristofferson
  17. “Okie From Muskogee” – Merle Haggard and the Strangers
  18. “Man in Black” – Johnny Cash
  19. “Girl From the North Country” – Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash
  20. “Grand Ole Opry Song” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  21. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Disc Four (From Episode Seven ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?, 1973-1983"))

  1. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” – Waylon Jennings
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” – Dolly Parton
  3. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
  4. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton
  5. “We’re Gonna Hold On – George Jones and Tammy Wynette
  6. “Texas Cookin’” – Guy Clark
  7. “If I Needed You” – Townes Van Zandt
  8. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Johnny Rodriguez
  9. “I’ve Been a Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be a Long Time Gone)” – Waylon Jennings
  10. “Love Hurts (Live)” – Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels
  11. “Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris
  12. “Bluebird Wine” – Emmylou Harris
  13. “Whiskey River” – Willie Nelson
  14. “Miles and Miles of Texas” – Asleep at the Wheel
  15. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson
  16. “Good Hearted Woman” – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
  17. “Family Tradition” – Hank Williams Jr.
  18. “Seven Year Ache” – Rosanne Cash
  19. “Pancho and Lefty” – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  20. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones

Disc 5 (from Episode Eight ("Don't Get Above Your Raisin', 1973-1996"))

  1. “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’” – Ricky Skaggs
  2. “On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson
  3. “Amarillo by Morning” – George Strait
  4. “Somebody Should Leave” – Reba McEntire
  5. “Diggin’ Up Bones” – Randy Travis
  6. “Why Not Me” – The Judds
  7. “Honky Tonk Man” – Dwight Yoakam
  8. “Streets of Bakersfield” – Dwight Yoakam with Buck Owens
  9. “Where’ve You Been” – Kathy Mattea
  10.  “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” – Keith Whitley
  11. “Go Rest High on That Mountain” – Vince Gill
  12. “Guitar Town” – Steve Earle
  13. “She’s in Love With the Boy” – Trisha Yearwood
  14. “Tennessee Flat Top Box” – Rosanne Cash
  15. “Get Up John” – Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers
  16. “Uncle Pen” – Ricky Skaggs
  17. “I Still Miss Someone” – Rosanne Cash
  18. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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One of the reasons I contribute to the local PBS station is because of such programming.  Burns is a God when doing a documentary, and this compilation should be up to his usual top shelf style. 

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On 6/21/2019 at 2:13 PM, atomheartbevo said:

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Even though I was poking a little fun at Kenny Rogers not getting any songs in that list, I was surprised that not even The Gambler made it on the list.  I always loved that album cover for some reason.

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1 hour ago, bamachine said:

Thx for the reminder. While I hate most current country music, I do love the blues based country of old.

I saw a blurb that they mention/discuss/play clips from around 500 songs.  Should be something in there you like.  

Im not going to go into old man screaming at clouds like @Armybrat but I do think many younger folks are going to have their eyes opened up by the Carter Family and some of the earlier stuff.  

Of course, they’ll go back to playing their shitty songs about Solo cups the next day.  

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This playlist is amazing. Among other things it’s like a Coen Bros retrospective. If you’re using the Spotify app make sure you go full screen for each track, there is some interesting art and animation.

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On 6/19/2019 at 9:06 PM, atomheartbevo said:

Disc 5 (from Episode Eight ("Don't Get Above Your Raisin', 1973-1996"))

I'm happy this only goes through the mid 90s and doesn't include bro-country jackasses like Luke Bryan and Florida-Georgia Line.

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