What makes a classic country song? Is it tears, twang, and rhinestones? How did country music emerge over the 20th Century out of the tangled traditions of ballads and bluegrass, blues and rockabilly, hymns and honkytonks, and Western swings? What role did California play in shaping the country sound?
Join KQED for a live concert storytelling event that explores the essence and evolution of country music! Song by song, Host KQED Senior Arts Editor Gabe Meline and the band Red Meat break down the musical elements, tall tales, and true histories behind some of the most iconic country songs and the singers who put their stamp on this uniquely American sound.
Featuring exclusive preview footage from the new PBS documentary film series Country Music by Ken Burns, which premieres September 15th on KQED.