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The Civil War between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning «American Songwriter



The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, around 1960. Photo by Les Leverett The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from north of Atlanta to west of Gettysburg and through the green valleys on the western flank of the ridge to some of the most important Battles of the Civil War: Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Cedar Creek, Antietam and Gettysburg. The filmmaker Ken Burns brought these struggles to life in 1990 in his documentary series The Civil War. It's still his favorite movie, even more than 1994 baseball, 2001 jazz, or the 2017 Vietnam War. Burns returns to the same oak-wooded slopes in his new series, Country Music, a sequel to The Civil War. In Bristol, Tennessee, near the middle of the mountains, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made their first recordings in 1927, bringing modern country music to market. From the surrounding hills came such important figures as the Stanley Brothers, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. "I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley," says Ketch Secor of the Old Crow Medicine Show. Ken's movie really impressed me when I was about 12 years old. he has created my own backyard …

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