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‘American Epic’ and WPT’s Recorded Folk Music

The groundbreaking three-part documentary American Epic takes us around the country to explore how the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time in the 1920s.

In the second part, “Blood and Soil,” airing tonight on WPT at 8 p.m., viewers will explore musical stories from the rural South. Charley Patton, Elder Burch and others made audio recordings of people performing early Delta blues, work songs, gospel, and protest tunes. If you missed “The Big Bang,” last week’s series opener, no worries! Watch it online.

The new series inspired us at WPT to dig into the archives of our decade-long live music program, 30-Minute Music Hour, to find past performances by people inspired by the music you will hear tonight on American Epic

Here are a few feature performances, captured right here in the WPT studio, that we thought you would enjoy after tuning in.
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Remember the Life of B.B. King With His 1983 Austin City Limits Debut

The United States lost one of its finest artists with the passing of B.B. King Thursday at 89 years old.

Sure, I could try to capture his musical genius here in text, but any attempt to reflect a life and career so influential and innovative would likely prove futile.

The best way to celebrate the life of a legend like King is to enjoy the music he left us. Our friends at Austin City Limits have done just that as they have shared King’s very first appearance on the show in full online now. Watch this tremendous hour of music television online below or on the PBS channel of your Roku other Internet device.