Air Dates on KPTSThe Rub (Beginnings – 1933)
Sunday, September 15 @ 7PM & 9PM
Learn how so-called “hillbilly music” reaches new listeners and launches its first stars’ careers.
Monday, September 16 @ 7PM & 9PMHard Times (1933 – 1945)
Watch Nashville transform into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.
Tuesday, September 17 @ 7PM & 9PMThe Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945 – 1953)
Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams.
Wednesday, September 18 @ 7PM & 9PMI Can’t Stop Loving You (1953 – 1963)
Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom in Nashville.
Sunday, September 22 @ 7PM & 9PM
The Sons and Daughters of America (1964 – 1968)
See how new country artists like Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride reflect a changing America.
Monday, September 23 @ 7PM & 9PMWill the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968 – 1972)
Learn what draws artists like Bob Dylan to Nashville as the Vietnam War rages.
Tuesday, September 24 @ 7PM & 9:30PMAre You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973 – 1983)
Witness a vibrant era in country music, thanks to mainstream crossovers and a new “Outlaw” sound.
Wednesday, September 25 @ 7PM & 9PMDon’t Get Above Your Raisin (1984 – 1996)
Learn how country music works to stay true to its roots as the genre skyrockets to new heights.
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Friday, September 13 @ 8PMKansas Country is all about Kansas’ contribution to country music from the beginning until now. It’s a fast-paced, informative, and entertaining 30-minute documentary that includes interviews with stars such as Johnny Western and Logan Mize. This film includes fascinating history that explains the key role Kansas has played in the development of the country genre.
Thursday, September 19 @ 7PM (Repeat)
Dolly Parton Explains Country Music’s Appeal
Dolly Parton explains the wide appeal of her favorite kind of music.
Kansas Country - A Preview
KPTS takes a look at the Kansas side of country music. Watch an exclusive clip!
Country Music on KMUWKMUW is celebrating Kansas' unique role in the evolution of country music with a special event featuring country music veteran and Kansas native Chuck Mead, a founding member of the group BR549. Country Music: A KMUW Music Tasting, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, Roxy’s Downtown, 412 ½ E. Douglas. This is a free event, but reservations are required. Learn more here.
In support of Country Music – a film by Ken Burns, KMUW has put together the following pieces focusing on Chuck Mead, Woody Guthrie, Herb Jeffries and KFDI. Give them a listen!