The Two Mississippi Museums is hosting a free preview of Ken Burns’ latest documentary Country Music at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11. Grammy winner and Louisville native Carl Jackson will make a special appearance. Seating is limited for this free event. Save your seat by registering at mpbonline.org/mpbcountry.
“We are excited to partner with Mississippi Public Broadcasting and the MPB Foundation to share the stories about Mississippi’s deep roots in country music,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The screening event will include a performance by the Willie Nelson tribute band Luckenbach, a 35-minute clip of the documentary featuring Jimmie Rodgers, and a special appearance by singer/songwriter and Louisville, Mississippi, native Carl Jackson. A Grammy winner, Jackson is revered among country artist icons, and he is the subject of an upcoming MPB original documentary slated for January 2020.
The event is open and free to the public. The screening of Country Music is made possible by Mississippi Public Broadcasting and the MPB Foundation. To reserve your seat register at mpbonline.org/mpbcountry. For more information call 601-576-6850 or visit www.mdah.ms.gov.
Country Music is an eight-part, 16-hour documentary that explores the history of a uniquely American art form. It features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than eighty country music artists. It will premiere on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.
Funding for Country Music was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by the following members of ‘The Better Angels Society:’ The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Fred and Donna Seigel, Mercedes T. Bass, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Lillian Lovelace, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.