NEAL BARTON’S POV: Ken Burns’ documentary on country music is his best yet


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – One thing which really disturbs me is that I think we are losing touch with our history.

Good or bad we all need to know what has happened before. This way maybe we don’t repeat mistakes and can glory in what we did right. Which brings me to Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS about country music.

Forget the Civil War. This is his best work. He’s taken heat from NPR of all places because they moan he didn’t use enough college professors and intelligentsia to weigh in.

This is why the piece is so good. The people who built the product and continue the product are the experts. I want to hear from them, not from a college professor from Connecticut.

This wonderful music, in my opinion, was and still is a reflection of our nation. And it is glorious. We are a glorious people who live in a great country, no matter what you’re told.

This documentary is about music but still about America. And these wonderful musicians are family to me because they remind me of my family. Give the doc a try. The research and pictures are really something.

That’s my point of view what’s yours? You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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