ARTS

“The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953)

Country Music

“The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953)

In episode 3 of Ken Burns' Country Music, see how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honky-tonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.

Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

“Hard Times” (1933 – 1945)

Country Music

“Hard Times” (1933 – 1945)

In episode 2, watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff. Watch now.

Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage

American Masters

Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage

Explore a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54. Watch now.

“The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933)

Country Music

“The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933)

In episode one of Ken Burns' Country Music, see how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Watch now.

Country Music: Live at the Ryman

Country Music

Country Music: Live at the Ryman

Join celebrated musicians for Country Music: Live at the Ryman, A Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns. Hosted by Burns and featuring performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more. Watch now.

Sixteen Tons of Merle Travis

Kentucky Muse

Sixteen Tons of Merle Travis

Kentucky Muse traces the career of Merle Travis, the Kentucky guitarist and songwriter best known for his songs "Sixteen Tons," "Dark as a Dungeon," and his unique thumb-picking style.

“Big Family” Featured Artists

Jubilee

“Big Family” Featured Artists

KET's new documentary "Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music", premieres this summer. The program features footage from around the world, interviews with legends and newcomers alike and – of course – incredible music. Watch past performances by some of the artists featured in Big Family.

KET Receives 7 Regional Emmy Nominations

KET Receives 7 Regional Emmy Nominations

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently recognized KET productions and programs with 7 Regional Emmy Award nominations.The awards recognize excellence in the areas of local news, programming and individual achievement and are among the industry’s highest honors.

World War II Honor Flight, Bill Marvel’s Life in Racing, and Artist Elmer Lucille Allen!

Kentucky Life

World War II Honor Flight, Bill Marvel’s Life in Racing, and Artist Elmer Lucille Allen!

World War II veterans board a flight honoring their service to our nation; Liberty may be home, but the Indianapolis Speedway is his heart - Bill Marvel has made a life in racing; and Elmer Lucille Allen is a pioneering scientist with artistic flair.