Grammy Winning Artist, Jeannie Seely, Lends Talent to “Country Music: Live at the Ryman – A Celebration of the Film by Ken Burns”

Grammy winning Country music artist and renowned songwriter, Jeannie Seely, was on hand to introduce documentary segments and a performance honoring Loretta Lynn by Kathy Mattea at the “Country Music: Live at the Ryman, a Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns.” on March 27.

The Ryman Auditorium was bursting with talent with performances by Bill
Anderson, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon
Giddens, Vince Gill, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky
Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight
Yoakam and more celebrating and to kick off Ken Burns’s COUNTRY MUSIC
which will premieres Sunday, Sept. 15 on PBS. In addition to live
performances, the event also highlighted select clips from the film
produced by Opry Entertainment and Florentine Films.

“This was absolutely fabulous! The incredible performances and well
written scripts documenting the legacy of country music. I’m so proud to
be a part of this history making event,” said Jeannie Seely. “Thank you
Ken Burns and your wonderful team!”

“In country music, we found a love for storytelling that translates
everyday experiences into universal truths that we can all identify
with,” said Ken Burns. “We’re very excited to share this film with the
country, in towns large and small, from one coast to the other. But we
are most excited to share it in those areas that gave birth to this most
American of art forms. Bringing our film to Ryman Auditorium, the
Mother Church of Country Music, and a character itself in our film, is a
dream for us.”

COUNTRY MUSIC was directed by Ken Burns and produced by Burns, Dayton
Duncan and Julie Dunfey who spent eight years researching and producing
the film, conducting interviews with more than 100 people, including 40
members of the Country Music Hall of Fame (17 of those interviewed have
since passed on). Among those storytellers are historian Bill Malone and
a wide range of country artists such as Jeannie Seely, Marty Stuart,
Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton,
Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and
Naomi and Wynonna Judd, as well as studio musicians, record producers
and others. The film uses more than 3,200 photographs and over two hours
of archival footage, including rare and never-before-seen photos and
footage of Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and others.

Keep current with Jeannie Seely on herwebsite and stay in touch with her on all of her social media platformsFacebook,Twitter,Instagram andYouTube.

About Jeannie Seely:

Grammy winning Country music legend Jeannie Seely has
achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as
a songwriter. From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to
her current self–produced album, “Written In Song,” a CD project with 14
tracks all co-written or self-penned by Seely. Jeannie’s recordings
have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans
all around the world. Many of the songs were recorded by Hall of Fame
members. Jeannie earned a Grammy for her recording of “Don’t Touch Me”
in 1967. Seely is a weekly on-air host on SiriusXM “Willie’s Roadhouse,”
where she shares personal memories and fun stories about the songs she
spins. 2018 Seely was honored to receive recognition and a star on the
famed Music City Walk of Fame and recognized for ranking #2 in
Billboard’s Top TV Songs Chart for January 2018 for her song “Anyone Who
Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” written in 1964 and recorded by
Irma Thomas. The song is the trailer theme song for new “Jurassic World:
Fallen Kingdom,” many acclaimed music artists recorded their own
versions, including Seal and Boyz II Men and it has been featured in
numerous episodes of the science fiction anthology Netflix television
series “Black Mirror.”

Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the
nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today.
Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of
the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native
to do so. A country music legend and trailblazer, her perseverance over
many years earned Seely the honor of being the first female to regularly
host segments of the weekly Opry and is credited for changing the image
of Opry by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage.
Jeannie works tirelessly behind the scenes in the music industry on
behalf of fellow artists and musicians. Known for her quick wit and
humor, she documented some of her “sayings” in her book, Pieces Of A
Puzzled Mind, which is a unique collection of witticisms. Jeannie Seely
has also starred in several major stage productions.  In his 2003 book
“Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K.
Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner,
Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female
personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all
things Jeannie Seely


COUNTRY MUSIC will chronicle the history of a uniquely American art
form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive
regions of our nation. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle,
heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from
California honky-tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we will follow the
evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century, as
it eventually emerged to become America’s music.

It will be directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by
Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey — Emmy-award winning
creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more
than a quarter century, including The Civil War, Lewis & Clark: The
Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The National Parks: America’s Best
Idea, The Dust Bowl, and many more.

COUNTRY MUSIC will be a sweeping, multi-episode series, exploring the
questions, “What is country music?” “Where did it come from?” while
focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created
it—from the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills, to Hank
Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly
Parton, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more—as
well as the times in which they lived. And like the music itself,
COUNTRY MUSIC will tell unforgettable stories—stories of the hardships
and joys shared by everyday people. We will trace its origins in
minstrel music, ballads, hymns and the blues, and its early years, when
it was called hillbilly music and played across the airwaves on radio
station barn dances. We will see how Hollywood B movies instituted the
fad of singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and watch how the
rise of juke joints after World War II changed the musical style by
bringing electric guitars and pedal steel guitars to the forefront. We
will follow the rise of bluegrass music with Bill Monroe, and we will
note how one of country music’s offspring — rockabilly — mutated into
rock and roll in Memphis. And we’ll see how Nashville slowly became not
just the mecca of country music, but “Music City USA.” All the while, we
will note the constant tug of war between the desire to make country
music as mainstream as possible and the periodic reflexes to bring it
back to its roots.

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