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.
When The Roys visited Country Thunder – one of the United States’ biggest country music festivals in Twin Lakes, Wis., the brother and sister duo of Elaine and Lee invited the 30-Minute Music Hour On the Road crew onto their tour bus for an exclusive acoustic performance of “Another Minute” from their new album, “Gypsy Runaway Train.” So, bluegrass, country and good music fans – Hop on board with us and enjoy the song below.
30-Minute Music Hour On the Road is a Wisconsin Public Television Web series capturing great live music across Wisconsin. Explore the full archive of 30-Minute Music Hour episodes, with half-hour performances from top Wisconsin, regional and national artists at wpt.org/30mmh. Stay tuned for an all-new season of 30-Minute Music Hour coming online this fall!
Country music lost one of its finest voices this morning, with the news that George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital. Jones was 81 years old and in the midst of a year-long farewell tour that was to culminate in an all-star blowout bash at Music City’s Bridgestone Arena in November.