American Epic: Season 1 (2017)

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Air date: May 16, 2017

Part 1 of 3. The story of the nascent record industry of the 1920s, when music scouts traveled America in search of undiscovered talent, begins with producer Ralph Peer, who recorded the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Memphis Jug Band.

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Air date: May 23, 2017

Part 2 of 3 travels to the rural South, where Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. Also: the Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and such Chicago bluesmen as Howlin' Wolf.

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Air date: May 30, 2017

Conclusion. How America's diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii's Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family. Mississippi John Hurt's blues inspires a generation of musicians.

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Critic Reviews for American Epic Season 1

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Appearing at a time when the nation's lack of unity is starkly visible, American Epic makes for a beautifully presented, richly enjoyable fairy tale.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

The series is more valuable for showing history than it is for re-creating it and for the useful reminder that there is more to life than the noise coming from our capitals and cable news.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It's that sense of happenstance and kismet-and connections, and echoes of artists never recorded-that help American Epic breathe.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The discussions, photographs, and footage of long-gone performers has been enlightening.

Jun 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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