Country Music: “The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953)
In episode 3 of Country Music, see how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
Country Music: “Hard Times” (1933 – 1945)
In Episode 2 of Country Music, watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.