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Ken Burns Working on Country Music Documentary

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Famed film director Ken Burns, best known for his award-winning work with documentaries, is turning his attention to country music.

The Emmy award-winning filmmaker, whose other notable documentaries include ‘Jazz,’ ‘The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God’ and ‘The Civil War,’ has announced plans to film a multi-episode series for PBS, covering the evolution of country music from its roots to present day.

According to the Associated Press, the documentary will explore the question, “What is country music?”

Burns will focus on the careers of several prominent figures in country music, including the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and others.

Fans anxious to see the series will have to be patient, though. The country music documentary isn’t scheduled to air until 2018. Meanwhile, Burns is also working on several other projects, including films on Jackie Robinson, Vietnam and the Roosevelts, as well as one on the Gettysburg address, which will air in the spring of 2014.

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