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Ken Burns talks ‘Country Music’ series, credits WV roots for love of genre

By BILL LYNCH

Charleston Gazette-Mail

“Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns” was produced by Julie Dunfey, left, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Dunfrey and Duncan will attend a special showing of part of the documentary at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown April 16.
(Courtesy photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s hard to say precisely how much West Virginia contributed to the shape and sound of country music, but a lot can be said about how much West Virginians contributed to “Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns,” the upcoming Public Broadcasting Service documentary.

A lot.

Burns — who is known for a long string of acclaimed documentary films, among them “The Civil War,” “Baseball” and “Jazz” — said, “The first voice you hear in the film is Kathy Mattea and she’s also one of the last.”

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