American Epic

Tuesdays May 16 - 30 at 9 p.m.

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

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American Epic

Blood and Soil

Travel to rural America as Charley Patton and Elder Burch record early Delta blues.

54:36

Blood and Soil

54:36

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American Epic

The Big Bang

Travel to 1920s as the Carter Family and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records.

54:13

The Big Bang

54:13

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Clips 4

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American Epic

Joseph Kekuku

Joseph Kekuku and the origin of the steel guitar

2:35

Joseph Kekuku

2:35

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American Epic

1920’s Coal Miners strike

Bill Williamson recalls the 1920’s Coal Miners strike in Logan, West Virginia

1:05

1920’s Coal Miners strike

1:05

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American Epic

Charlie Musselwhite

Musician Charlie Musselwhite remembers Memphis in the past

1:03

Charlie Musselwhite

1:03

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American Epic

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Plays “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

2:24

Willie Nelson

2:24

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Previews 4

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American Epic

Preview: Out of the Many, the One

Discover how America’s diverse cultures and Mississippi John Hurt transformed music.

0:20

Preview: Out of the Many, the One

0:20

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American Epic

American Epic: Preview

Jack White and T Bone Burnett record top artists as they recreate America’s musical past.

1:00

American Epic: Preview

1:00

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American Epic

American Epic: Preview

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists who transformed American music.

0:30

American Epic: Preview

0:30

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American Epic

Q&A with Taj Mahal and Producers

PBS talks with blues legend Taj Mahal and the producers of AMERICAN EPIC.

2:00

Q&A with Taj Mahal and Producers

2:00

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