US. AND TIE THEM TOGETHER. AND TIE THEM TOGETHER. ♪ I MAKE EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT ♪ I MAKE EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT ♪ ♪>>I HAVE TO GO BACK AND>>I HAVE TO GO BACK AND DOWNLOAD THAT. DOWNLOAD THAT. THAT SONG IS TIMELESS! THAT SONG IS TIMELESS! KEN BURNS, VINCE GILL, GOOD TO KEN BURNS, VINCE GILL, GOOD TO SEE BOTH OF YOU. SEE BOTH OF YOU.>>THANKS.>>THANKS.>>YOU HAVE DONE DOCUMENTARIES>>YOU HAVE DONE DOCUMENTARIES ON WARS AND NATIONAL PARKS AND ON WARS AND NATIONAL PARKS AND BASEBALL, COUNTRY MUSIC, EIGHT BASEBALL, COUNTRY MUSIC, EIGHT PARTS, 16 1/2 HOURS, HOW DID YOU PARTS, 16 1/2 HOURS, HOW DID YOU GET HERE? GET HERE?>>WITH MY HEART.>>WITH MY HEART. THIS IS AMERICAN HISTORY FIRING THIS IS AMERICAN HISTORY FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. ON ALL CYLINDERS. IT’S WHO WE ARE. IT’S WHO WE ARE. IT’S ANOTHER WAY TO SEE THE IT’S ANOTHER WAY TO SEE THE COMPLICATED 20th CENTURY AND COMPLICATED 20th CENTURY AND IT’S ALSO FOR TODAY A TIME WHERE IT’S ALSO FOR TODAY A TIME WHERE WE CAN BRING OURSELVES TOGETHER. WE CAN BRING OURSELVES TOGETHER. COUNTRY MUSIC REMINDS US WE’RE COUNTRY MUSIC REMINDS US WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT TOGETHER. ALL IN THE SAME BOAT TOGETHER. THE THEMES OF A COUNTRY SONG ARE THE THEMES OF A COUNTRY SONG ARE THE THEMES OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE, THE THEMES OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE, OF LOVE AND LOSS, TWO FOUR OF LOVE AND LOSS, TWO FOUR LETTER WORDS THAT MOST OF US ARE LETTER WORDS THAT MOST OF US ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH. UNCOMFORTABLE WITH. WE DISGUISE IT, IT’S ABOUT WE DISGUISE IT, IT’S ABOUT PICKUP TRUCKS THAT’S SMALL WHEN PICKUP TRUCKS THAT’S SMALL WHEN YOU HEAR GO REST HIGH ON THAT YOU HEAR GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN BY VINCE. MOUNTAIN BY VINCE. HE SAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY, HE SAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL I EVER WANTED FROM MUSIC IS ALL I EVER WANTED FROM MUSIC IS TO BE MOVED. TO BE MOVED. COUNTRY MUSIC IS TELLING US COUNTRY MUSIC IS TELLING US ABOUT BASIC HUMAN EXPERIENCES ABOUT BASIC HUMAN EXPERIENCES AND THAT WE’RE ALL TOGETHER IN AND THAT WE’RE ALL TOGETHER IN THIS. THIS. THAT IT’S ONLY US, THERE’S NO THAT IT’S ONLY US, THERE’S NO THEM. THEM. AND THAT’S GOOD MEDICINE RIGHT AND THAT’S GOOD MEDICINE RIGHT NOW. NOW.>>WHERE DO YOU START WITH>>WHERE DO YOU START WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS, KEN, YOU SOMETHING LIKE THIS, KEN, YOU WANT TO GO THIS FAR BACK. WANT TO GO THIS FAR BACK.>>OUR WRITER DAYTON DUNCAN>>OUR WRITER DAYTON DUNCAN DISCOVERED A MOMENT IN 1923 WHEN DISCOVERED A MOMENT IN 1923 WHEN RADIO, THIS BRAND NEW MEDIUM RADIO, THIS BRAND NEW MEDIUM HITS PHONOGRAPH RECORDS THAT ARE HITS PHONOGRAPH RECORDS THAT ARE PRODUCING THE FIRST COUNTRY PRODUCING THE FIRST COUNTRY STUFF AND WE GO BACK AND COLLECT STUFF AND WE GO BACK AND COLLECT THE ANTISEE DANT THE ANTISEE DANT , THE BANJO IS FROM AFRICA AND , THE BANJO IS FROM AFRICA AND THE FIDDLE IS FROM EUROPE AND THE FIDDLE IS FROM EUROPE AND THE BRITISH ISLES, WE START THE BRITISH ISLES, WE START THERE, COLLECT THE HISTORY OF THERE, COLLECT THE HISTORY OF IT, AND MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THE IT, AND MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THE 20th CENTURY. 20th CENTURY. COUNTRY MUSIC, WHICH WE TEND TO COUNTRY MUSIC, WHICH WE TEND TO LABEL, AND IN SILO AS ONE THING, LABEL, AND IN SILO AS ONE THING, HAS ALWAYS BEEN MANY MANY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MANY MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, AND HAS ALWAYS DIFFERENT THINGS, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN CURIOUS AND COME STRIVING F BEEN CURIOUS AND COME STRIVING F THE SAME THINGS. THE SAME THINGS. YOU DON’T NEED A PASSPORT TO YOU DON’T NEED A PASSPORT TO CHANGE FROM POP OR FOLK OR CLASS CHANGE FROM POP OR FOLK OR CLASS CALL OR ROCK, AND COUNTRY IS ONE CALL OR ROCK, AND COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE PARENTS OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL. OF THE PARENTS OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL.>>VINCE, WHAT HAS COUNTRY MUSIC>>VINCE, WHAT HAS COUNTRY MUSIC BECOME, BECAUSE I REMEMBER WHEN BECOME, BECAUSE I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS LITTLE, YOU KNOW, YOU HAD I WAS LITTLE, YOU KNOW, YOU HAD SORT OF TRADITIONAL COUNTRY SORT OF TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC OR AT LEAST I THOUGHT IT MUSIC OR AT LEAST I THOUGHT IT WAS TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC, WAS TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC, BUT NOW IT SEEMS AS IF THERE’S BUT NOW IT SEEMS AS IF THERE’S BEEN THIS EVOLUTION, YOU KNOW, BEEN THIS EVOLUTION, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT’S LITTLE NAZX OR WHETHER IT’S LITTLE NAZX OR TAYLOR SWIFT FOR A WHILE WHO WAS TAYLOR SWIFT FOR A WHILE WHO WAS CONSIDERED COUNTRY. CONSIDERED COUNTRY. TALK ABOUT WHAT IT WAS AND WHAT TALK ABOUT WHAT IT WAS AND WHAT IT IS NOW. IT IS NOW.>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO A>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO A COMPARISON, YOU HAVE TO DO ALL COMPARISON, YOU HAVE TO DO ALL MUSIC. MUSIC. IT’S NOT FAIR TO TAKE COUNTRY IT’S NOT FAIR TO TAKE COUNTRY MUSIC, AND SAY ONLY COUNTRY MUSIC, AND SAY ONLY COUNTRY MUSIC HAS CHANGED BECAUSE JAZZ MUSIC HAS CHANGED BECAUSE JAZZ HAS CHANGED, ROCK ’N’ ROLL HAS HAS CHANGED, ROCK ’N’ ROLL HAS CHANGED, RHYTHM AND BLUES HAS CHANGED, RHYTHM AND BLUES HAS CHANGED. CHANGED. THERE’S HIP HOP, RAP, EVERY FORM THERE’S HIP HOP, RAP, EVERY FORM OF MUSIC HAS FOUND A NEW WAY TO OF MUSIC HAS FOUND A NEW WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE. COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE. AND WE’RE NO DIFFERENT. AND WE’RE NO DIFFERENT. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO KEN AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO KEN AND DAYTON AND JULIE FOR TAKING THIS DAYTON AND JULIE FOR TAKING THIS ON AND FROM MY VIEWPOINT, ON AND FROM MY VIEWPOINT, FINALLY GIVING US SOME DIGNITY FINALLY GIVING US SOME DIGNITY AND SOME RESPECT THAT WE HAVE AND SOME RESPECT THAT WE HAVE LONGED FOR EVER SINCE WE STARTED LONGED FOR EVER SINCE WE STARTED MAKING THIS MUSIC. MAKING THIS MUSIC.>>THAT WAS A GREAT QUOTE IN THE>>THAT WAS A GREAT QUOTE IN THE DOCUMENTARY WHERE GARTH BROOKS DOCUMENTARY WHERE GARTH BROOKS SAYS EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO SAYS EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO DEFINE COUNTRY MUSIC, WHAT DOES DEFINE COUNTRY MUSIC, WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE, HILL BILLY, JAZZ, IT SOUND LIKE, HILL BILLY, JAZZ, IT’S RIGHT HERE. IT’S RIGHT HERE. COUNTRY MUSIC IS WHAT’S INSIDE COUNTRY MUSIC IS WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR HEART IN THOSE STORIES THAT YOUR HEART IN THOSE STORIES THAT ARE TOLD. ARE TOLD.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. THE SONG WRITER HAR LEN HOWARD THE SONG WRITER HAR LEN HOWARD SAID IT’S THREE CHORDS OF THE SAID IT’S THREE CHORDS OF THE TRUTH THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT TRUTH THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THOSE THREE CHORDS MIGHT SUGGEST THOSE THREE CHORDS MIGHT SUGGEST A SIM A SIM A SIM A SIM A SIMPLE, HANK WILLIAMS, HE SAYS A SIMPLE, HANK WILLIAMS, HE SAYS THE SILENCE OF A FALLING THE SILENCE OF A FALLING STARLIGHTS UP A PURPLE SKY AND STARLIGHTS UP A PURPLE SKY AND AS I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE I’M SO AS I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE I’M SO LONESOME I COULD DIE. LONESOME I COULD DIE.>>PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT>>PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT SOMETHING ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC, SOMETHING ABOUT COUNTRY MUSIC, THEY DON’T WANT IT TO EVOLVE. THEY DON’T WANT IT TO EVOLVE. IS THAT WHAT IT IS? IS THAT WHAT IT IS? WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT? WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT?>>ALL MUSICAL FORMS ARE TRYING>>ALL MUSICAL FORMS ARE TRYING TO EXPAND AND LEARN NEW THINGS, TO EXPAND AND LEARN NEW THINGS, AND ARTISTS ARE TRYING TO CROSS AND ARTISTS ARE TRYING TO CROSS THE BOUNDARIES AND PEOPLE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES AND PEOPLE WITHIN THAT GENERA ARE EQUALLY SAYING THAT GENERA ARE EQUALLY SAYING WE CAN’T GO THAT FAR WITHOUT WE CAN’T GO THAT FAR WITHOUT REMEMBERING WHERE WE CAME FROM REMEMBERING WHERE WE CAME FROM AND IT’S TRUE IN EVERY MUSICAL AND IT’S TRUE IN EVERY MUSICAL FORM, AND IT’S REALLY TRUE IN FORM, AND IT’S REALLY TRUE IN COUNTRY, PERIODS OF VAST COUNTRY, PERIODS OF VAST EXPERIMENTATION, AND PEOPLE EXPERIMENTATION, AND PEOPLE COMING BACKING AND SAYING I NEED COMING BACKING AND SAYING I NEED TO GET BACK TO MY ROOTS. TO GET BACK TO MY ROOTS.>>VINCE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE>>VINCE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG. COUNTRY SONG.>>MIGHT BE MAMA TRACK, OR>>MIGHT BE MAMA TRACK, OR WILDWOOD FLOWER, THE FIRST THING WILDWOOD FLOWER, THE FIRST THING I EVER LEARNED TO PLAY ON THE I EVER LEARNED TO PLAY ON THE GUITAR, AND THE FIRST LEAD GUITAR, AND THE FIRST LEAD GUITAR PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF GUITAR PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC WAS A WOMAN, COUNTRY MUSIC WAS A WOMAN, MOTHER MAYBELL CARTER. MOTHER MAYBELL CARTER.>>THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN>>THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN INFLUENCE OF COUNTRY MUSIC, INFLUENCE OF COUNTRY MUSIC, NOBODY TALKS ABOUT, THEY THINK NOBODY TALKS ABOUT, THEY THINK IT DOESN’T EXIST, IT DOESN’T IT DOESN’T EXIST, IT DOESN’T EXIST, AND I LOVE THE FEMALE EXIST, AND I LOVE THE FEMALE REFERENCE AS WELL. REFERENCE AS WELL.>>THERE WERE STRONG WOMEN FROM>>THERE WERE STRONG WOMEN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, AND HANK THE VERY BEGINNING, AND HANK WILLIAMS SAID HE LEARNED WILLIAMS SAID HE LEARNED EVERYTHING HE NEEDED TO KNOW EVERYTHING HE NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSIC FROM RUFUS T. PAYNE. ABOUT MUSIC FROM RUFUS T. PAYNE.>>WHY IS IT HARD FOR COUNTRY>>WHY IS IT HARD FOR COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS WHO ARE WOMEN TO MUSIC ARTISTS WHO ARE WOMEN TO GET ON THE RADIO? GET ON THE RADIO?>>THAT’S A PROBLEM RIGHT NOW,>>THAT’S A PROBLEM RIGHT NOW, BUT THEY’RE USUALLY POPULAR BUT THEY’RE USUALLY POPULAR EVERYWHERE ELSE BUT RADIO PLAY, EVERYWHERE ELSE BUT RADIO PLAY, BUT THERE’S A GOOD OLD BOY BUT THERE’S A GOOD OLD BOY NETWORK WITH REGARD TO THAT. NETWORK WITH REGARD TO THAT.>>THAT’S YOUR NEXT DOCUMENTARY.>>THAT’S YOUR NEXT DOCUMENTARY. WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?>>ERNEST HEMMINGWAY AND THE>>ERNEST HEMMINGWAY AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND MOHAMMED MOHAMMED MOHAMMED ALI. MOHAMMED ALI.>>I WANT TO BE IN YOUR BRAIN>>I WANT TO BE IN YOUR BRAIN FOR TEN MINUTES.