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PBS’s ‘American Epic’ Reclaims Lost Heritage of American Music with an All-Star Cast

PBS’s new

American Epic

documentary series focuses on the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.

The series features a three-part historical documentary along with a feature-length film showing an all-star roster of contemporary artists, led by Jack White and T Bone Burnett, replicating this early recording process on an original 1920s electrical recording system and paying tribute to those great artists of the past.

The series stars Jack White, Elton John, Nas, Beck, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and more and is narrated by Robert Redford. It premieres on PBS on May 16th.

Watch the trailer below.