Interviews

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with filmmaker Gail Levin

Levin discusses what it was like working with the legendary Jeff Bridges for American Masters’ Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an actor whose appeal, she points out, spans the generations. “I was surprised to learn that what seems to be an easygoing guy is kind of a guy who frets a bit. He appears to be so easy and “dude-ish” in a way, but he’s not that laid back. He’s not uptight, be he’s intense and he thinks about things…”

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville

Neville discusses his editing process and the relationship it has to the way he makes a mix-tape; elements of the film that serve as a ode to Los Angeles; and more.

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Outtakes: Linda Ronstadt and Women in Country Rock

Musicians Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Chris Darrow discuss the distinct sensibilities of women in country music and recognize Linda Ronstadt as a pioneer in the genre, and how performances at The Troubadour played a vital role in establishing women as performers. This scene is an outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James […]

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Outtakes: Kris Kristofferson and Country Music at the Troubadour

Kris Kristofferson reflects on how The Troubadour launched his career, alongside artists who performed at the legendary club, Carole King, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, J.D. Souther, Richard “Dickie” Davis, and Barney Hoskyns.  Artists reflect on the Troubadours uncanny ability to bring together the conflicting rock ‘n’ roll and country scenes at the time. This […]

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Outtakes: Steve Martin on the Trains of Santa Monica

Steve Martin discusses the trains that used to run down Santa Monica Boulevard and how he  worked them into his act in this outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, airing nationally Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Interview with Lou Adler

Adler talks about the recording of Carole King’s Tapestry, how he got started in the music business and built Ode Records, and the rise in popularity of the singer songwriter.

Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Interview with Jeff Bridges

How much of “The Dude” is still in Jeff Bridges? In this interview, he talks about the surprising reasons why he agreed to be the subject of an “American Masters” documentary. Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.