American Epic

The Big Bang

Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable recording machine, creating the first recordings of R&B and country songs.

Air Date 5/16/17

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Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a film executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #103 — Out of the Many, The One |
    New Tuesday, May 30 at 8pm TPT 2
  • #103 — Out of the Many, The One |
    Wednesday, May 31 at 2am TPT 2
  • #103 — Out of the Many, The One
    Discover how America's diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii's Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family. Mississippi John Hurt's blues inspires a generation of musicians.
    New Tuesday, May 30 at 8pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, May 31 at 2am TPT 2


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