Virginia's Country Music Roots

In celebration of Ken Burns' Country Music documentary, VPM News is exploring Virginia's country music roots through a series of stories. We'll visit the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, and share stories about bluegrass artist Sammy Shelor, rockabilly sensation Janis Martin and country singer Tony Jackson.

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About Virginia's Country Music Roots

In celebration of Ken Burns' Country Music documentary, VPM News is exploring Virginia's country music roots through a series of stories. We'll visit the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, and share stories about bluegrass artist Sammy Shelor, rockabilly sensation Janis Martin and country singer Tony Jackson.

Ken Burns' Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. Explore the history of this uniquely American art form.. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity. Learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.