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The People

Discover the stories of the people who helped shape Country Music in Nashville.

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn's Ranch | Tennessee Crossroads

Who doesn’t love a good “rags to riches” story? There is one that your whole family can experience, about an hour outside of Nashville. It all started when a coal miner’s daughter bought a small country town, called it home, and then invited fans to come visit. Laura Faber introduces us to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch – the home of one of the most beloved female performers in country music.


Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl | American Masters

Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female singer to date, Loretta Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Still going strong after more than 50 years, Lynn is the subject of the new documentary with never-before-seen home movies, performances and interviews with Lynn and musicians.


Loretta Lynn: My Story in My Words

2021 marked the 50th anniversary of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the Loretta Lynn song that became a book, a feature film, and an indelible part of popular culture. Like so many other songs written by Lynn, the lyrics told the story of her life and spoke to women who struggled to make ends meet. Lynn’s simple, straightforward song stories gave legitimacy to the joys, heartaches, struggles and triumphs.


Connie Smith

Connie Smith shares why she supports public television

QUEEVA on her favorite lyrics

QUEEVA on her favorite lyrics

Jean Shepard

Jean Shepard appreciates the love public television has for Country Music

Kelsey Lamb

Who does Kelsey Lamb hope to collaborate with?


From southern Appalachia’s songs of heartbreak and faith to the western swing of Texas, from California honky tonks to the Grand Ole Opry in NPT's home town of Nashville, Ken Burns' Country Music follows the evolution, over the course of the twentieth century, of America’s music.

Ken Burns' Country Music | 8-Set-DVD