Grand Ole Opry House hosts 'Country Music' documentary premier party

Country Music
Posted at 9:51 PM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-15 22:51:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new documentary about the history of country music made it's nationwide debut Sunday night, and some watched the premier in a unique setting: the Grand Ole Opry House.

The documentary, 'Country Music,' was created by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. The movie was supported by the state of Tennessee and Belmont University. It's 16 hours long, took eight years to make and features more than 100 interviews.

"I couldn't think of a better place than watching it here at the Opry tonight," Nashville Public Television's Jessica Turk said. "The ghosts of country music past, present and future are all here."

Viewers got a chance to listen to people close to the documentary and hear Old Crow Medicine Show play classic country songs before the viewing.

Most of the film focuses on Tennessee, and state leaders said they hoped it would bring even more tourists to the state.

"Our department is so excited about all the folks that are going to hear about Tennessee because of Ken Burns and then we're going to get them to come here and visit here," Tennessee State Tourism Commissioner Mark Ezell said.

You can watch 'Country Music' on Nashville Public Television, or stream it on NPT's website.