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Thursday September 12, 2019

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9 Things We Learned About Country Music, Ken Burns and Dolly Parton at WETA’s Panel Discussion
By: ALEXIS GUNDERSON

“This past Thursday evening, hundreds of civically engaged residents from the D.C. metro area congregated in George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium to get a small taste of what promises to be one of this fall’s most comprehensive (and publicly funded) emotional journeys. No, we’re not talking about the Democratic Primary Debates. We’re talking about Country Music, the newest documentary film from Ken Burns and PBS, which, after eight long years of production, is finally set to premiere this Sunday, September 15.

Thursday’s special preview event, which followed a long summer spent by Burns and his team taking the Country Music bus on tour to 30 U.S. cities, was set up in part as a perk for members (including this reporter) of WETA, D.C.‘s local PBS station. In addition to the promised screening of several choice clips from the full 16-hour film and a brief panel discussion, moderated by journalist (and country musician) Bob Schieffer, between Burns, producer Julie Dunfey and musician Kathy Mattea, the program was capped off with a surprise three-song set by Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley.”

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