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Ken Burns' Country Music After Party & Music in the Round

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7–9 p.m.

“Picking” Up Where Ken Burns Left Off...Go on a Country Binge!

UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, Bank of America and the North Carolina Museum of History invite you and a guest to join us for a special evening of all things country, including screening clips from the 16-hour documentary Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns, UNC-TV producer and host of My Home, NC Heather Burgiss's exclusive interview with Randy Travis and an intimate music-in-the-round performance featuring North Carolina native, country-inspired artist H.C. McEntire and local up-and-coming bluegrass artist Eliza Meyer.

Hurricane Dorian may have dampened our originally scheduled Country Music Museum of History event, but dry out those cowboy boots and head on out for some down-home fun! Round-up some friends and join us to celebrate this latest Ken Burns' masterpiece and some of our own Tar Heel talent!

This is a free, ticketed event and space is limited. RSVPs accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please register via Eventbrite or contact Karen Nowak at or 919-549-7273.


  • Doors Open 6:30 PM

  • 7 p.m. Screening of clips from Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns

  • 7:40 p.m. Music in the Round: Conversations and Performances

  • 8:45 p.m. Event concludes

Ken Burns’ Country Music chronicles the history of this uniquely American art form and features several North Carolina artists and their stories, including Fred Foster, Jimmie Rodgers, Betty Johnson and Rhiannon Giddens.

Enjoy the music of H.C. McEntire

Listen to Eliza Meyer

Watch Ken Burns' Country Music trailer

More about the film:

From its deep, tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns to worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved and emerged as America’s music. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has ever told the story of country music this thoroughly or respectfully before. It's the magic of Ken Burns and it's sure to become as big a classic as his Civil WarBaseballWorld War IIJazzThe Vietnam Warand other monumental documentaries.

Funding for Country Music was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy’s Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

This special evening is made possible with support from Bank of America, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and WETA.