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Music Row: Nashville’s Most Famous Neighborhood
Saturday, September 21 at 7:00pm
This program tells the story of how a group of unremarkable bungalows became the heart of the country music industry, and led to Nashville's title as Music City USA. Narrated by singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, the documentary focuses on the rise of the Grand Ole Opry and the subsequent opening of recording studios in the downtown area. It also looks at the beginning of Music Row and how it developed into a complete neighborhood housing the full spectrum of the music industry – from session musicians and recording engineers, to record labels and entertainment lawyers.
Chronicled through vintage photos and archival footage, as well as interviews with a range of industry professionals and musicians, the hour-long film also recounts the establishment of Nashville's musical community and reflects on what Music Row means today in the changing music business.
American Masters- Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous
Friday, October 25 at 9:00pm
Explore the life of the celebrated artist whose luminous color field paintings helped define the abstract expressionist movement, which shifted the art world epicenter from Paris to New York. Featuring original scenes with Alfred Molina.
AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Antiques Roadshow – NEW EPISODES!
Mondays at 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW puts the reality in reality television! Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 23rd season in 2019.
October 7 – The Gen X Years
Explore the era between Boomers and Millennials for exciting treasures from the mid-1960s to early 1980s, also known as the Generation X years. Standout appraisals include Matt Groening artwork, Charles Loloma bracelets and Evel Knievel's leathers.
October 14 – Junk in the Trunk 9
Discover never-before-seen appraisals from all five Season 23 cities, including 1949 Charles and Ray Eames molded chairs, a Sioux pipe and pipe bag made around 1880, and a 1953 MAD Issue 8 "Frank N. Stein" story. Which is valued at $40,000-$60,000?
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
October 5 – Lucero
Lucero's first gig in Memphis was for a crowd of six. But for a band with a 20-year string of successes and aural iterations, who carried the alt-country torch back in the 90's and helped pave the way for "Americana," Lucero have returned to what inspired them in the first place, touring now behind a streamlined sound honoring their seminal Southern and Rock influences, pushing their legacy into new ground with alacrity.
October 12 - Brothers Osborne
Two talented boys from a working class Maryland family, the Brothers Osborne bring us a "twang-and-crunch," equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. Five-time Grammy nominees, The Brothers Osborne reign as back-to-back ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Awards as well as the 2-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Belt in for some Southern-Outlaw-Neo-Traditional Country!
October 19 - Gregory Alan Isakov
This native of South Africa who as a child moved to the U.S. is now a fiercely independent, DIY musician based in Boulder, CO. Influenced from a young age by Leonard Cohen, Kelly Joe Phelps and Bruce Springsteen, Isakov strikes that "balance of space and instrumentation," with lush flourishes-twirling strings, a loping banjo, ghostly pedal steel, solid yet restrained percussion. Precise arrangements with poignant and even devastating lyrics encourage a close listen and contemplation.
October 26 – Steve Earle and the Dukes
Producer, author, activist, actor, singer/songwriter. A master musician and writer's writer in the vein of Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, his work has carried a profound effect on the Americana, Country, Rock, and Folk genres for nearly two generations. With 15 studio albums, 3 GRAMMY awards (of 16 nominations), and legions of dedicated, diehard fans. There is, frankly, no one quite like Steve Earle.