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The Swon Brothers Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut with a Nod to History - and Mom and Dad

16 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Making their Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night, The Swon Brothers chose to honor both family and a country music legend as they stepped to the stage for the Opry's first "Swoncert." Before playing their debut single, “Later On,” the former season 4 The Voice stars kicked off their performance by singing a bit of George Jones's "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Midway into the song, however, the moment quickly became about their parents, whom the brothers called to the Opry stage in appreciation, noting their sacrifices to help the Oklahoma singers achieve their musical dreams. "Playing the Opry for »

- Andrea Billups

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Ken Burns is Making a Documentary About Country Music

21 January 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The tireless Ken Burns has a new project in the works for PBS -- "Country Music," a multi-episode documentary slated for 2018. It will be directed by Burns, who'll produce alongside writer Dayton Duncan, Burns' longtime producing partner. "Country Music" will chronicle the history of a uniquely American genre, from southern Appalachia to Texas, California honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. "For over a century, country music has been a pivotal force in American culture, expressing the hopes, joys, fears and hardships of everyday people in songs lyrical, poignant and honest," said PBS President Paula A. Kerger. "It is fitting that we have two of America's master storytellers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, tell the story on film of an art form that for generations has told America's story in song." "Country Music" will look at artists like the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills,Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, »

- Alison Willmore

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Ken Burns is Making a Documentary About Country Music

21 January 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The tireless Ken Burns has a new project in the works for PBS -- "Country Music," a multi-episode documentary slated for 2018. It will be directed by Burns, who'll produce alongside writer Dayton Duncan, Burns' longtime producing partner. "Country Music" will chronicle the history of a uniquely American genre, from southern Appalachia to Texas, California honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. "For over a century, country music has been a pivotal force in American culture, expressing the hopes, joys, fears and hardships of everyday people in songs lyrical, poignant and honest," said PBS President Paula A. Kerger. "It is fitting that we have two of America's master storytellers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, tell the story on film of an art form that for generations has told America's story in song." "Country Music" will look at artists like the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills,Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, »

- Alison Willmore

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Phil Everly obituary

5 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music

With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.

The Everly Brothers' breakthrough hit was Bye Bye Love (1957), still regarded as one of their most impressive creations. Up to that point, Don and Phil had been chipping away at the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, with limited success. Bye Bye Love topped the country charts, but more significantly soared to No 2 on the pop charts, just »

- Adam Sweeting

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