Speaking of bragging rights (see related editorial today), Granite Staters may be forgiven for claiming kinship with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns and writing colleague Dayton Duncan. They have an impressive portfolio of work on many documentaries that have enriched America. And they do their work, after all, in Walpole, N.H.
Their series on country music, recently concluded on PBS, adds much to better informing millions of Americans of a part of our rich culture that many may overlook or dismiss. It is the kind of work that school teachers, including those who home school, may find exciting for all sorts of hard-to-excite kids.
Duncan’s script and Burns’ masterful production tell the complex stories of a kind of music (actually many kinds) that at first seems pretty simple and straightforward. And they do it in a way that shares the heartbreak, the family ties, and the religious faith that was pretty much all many early country music performers and their audiences had to cling to.
It’s a rewarding series from Burns and Duncan and their team.