Belmont University partners with filmmaker for country music project

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Belmont University is partnering with an award-winning documentary filmmaker for a series set to debut in a few years.

Ken Burns’ latest project was announced by the university’s president Wednesday. It will document the history of country music as an American art form.

News 2 spoke with the filmmaker who told us why the story is so important.

“You can have a Dolly Parton from East Tennessee… and, you know, people come from Alabama and people come from Bakersfield, California, who make a single contribution to American history, and because America is configured the way we are, we allow these people to rise up,” Burns said.

The documentary series “Country Music” will air on PBS in 2019 and will document the history of country music as an American art form.

The project will have Belmont University’s fingerprints all over it, students and faculty will get a chance to work with burns at his editing facility in New Hampshire.