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Filmmaker Ken Burns Brings 'Country Music' Home To Bakersfield, Fresno

Merle Haggard, labeled the poet of the common man, plays a big role in the documentary, "Country Music."

Renowned PBS Filmmaker Ken Burns will visit the Valley next week as part of a national tour to preview and discuss his most recent long-form documentary “Country Music.”

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Ken Burns' documentary on Country Music runs for 16 and a half hours on PBS, starting in September.

The Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow will make stops July 25th at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno and July 26th at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield. I spoke with Burns about the role the San Joaquin Valley plays in what composer Harlan Howard described as “three chords and the truth.”