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WUNC Music Event: Ken Burns' 'Country Music' Preview at Cat's Cradle

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On Thursday September 12 WUNC Music presents HC McEntire, Alice Gerrard, John Howie Jr, and Tatiana Hargreaves previewing Ken Burns’ new documentary series "Country Music" at Cat’s Cradle Main Roomlocated at 300 East Main St, Carrboro, NC.

The event is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the 30-minute preview starting at 7 p.m. followed by a songwriters in-the-round session.


HC McEntire has a perfectly punk rock country voice.  She grew up in rural North Carolina and sings with the emotional purity of the music she grew up with in rural North Carolina blended with attitude and aggression she found in punk rock when she left home for college.  Her most recent record Lionheart is on Merge Records.

Alice Gerrard is a Grammy nominee and member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.   She’s perhaps best known for her work as half of the revolutionary duo Hazel and Alice.  She’ll be joined by fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves.

John Howie Jrhas been wearing his honky tonk soul on his sleave for decades.  He’s released records with the Two Dollar Pistols, The Rosewood Bluff and recently released his first solo record Not Tonight has been called a "modern day country classic."


More about Ken Burns' 'Country Music'

The Ken Burns PBS series on Country Music explores questions such as "What is country music?" and "Where did it come from?" while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it - from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more - as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.  No one has told the story this way before.

Ken Burns "Country Music" airs on UNC-TVbeginning on Saturday September 15.

This free event is produced with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcastingand the contributions of WUNC listeners.

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Brian Burns is the Music Director for WUNC Music, WUNC's AAA music discovery station. He has been working within the local music scene for over a decade. On the weekends you might see him DJing at various spots around the Triangle, or digging through boxes of records. He's also the host of Future Shock on WUNC Music and a contributor to NPR Music. He graduated from UNC’s School of Information and Library Science with an MSLS in 2015.
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