Country Music

In celebration of Ken Burns' new documentary series, "Country Music", WQED is showcasing some of the Pittsburgh region's favorite country, Americana and folk artists. From local icon Slim Bryant, to the contemporary sounds of today's performers - we hope you enjoy this unique genre that has emerged as America's music.

Country Music Episodes

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The Rub (Beginnings-1933) | Learn how so-called “hillbilly music” reaches new listeners and launches its first stars’ careers.

Hard Times (1933-1945) | Watch Nashville transform into Music City as America falls for singing cowboys and Texas Swing.

The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953) | Meet the country stars of post-war America, including the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams.

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1953 – 1963) | Visit Memphis during the era of rockabilly, and see how Patsy Cline rises to stardom in Nashville.

WQED Sessions

Beagle Brothers

Paul Luc

The Stickers

The Early Mays

Molly Alphabet

The Armadillos

Arlo Aldo

Ferdinand the Bull

WQED Specials

Concert for a Landmine-Free World

The legendary Emmylou Harris organized this country and folk concert tour with the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. WQED captured highlights of the Pittsburgh performance.

Live from Nied's Hotel

Country performer Slim Forsythe weaves viewers through this engaging, musical program in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.