American Epic

Thought I’d share the trailer for this fabulous four-part documentary on the early days of recorded American music… A. and I watched this the other week (it’s available for streaming on the PBS website) and it’s fantastic. Definitely worth checking out.

Part four is dedicated to a little something extra: a number of the present-day artists that took part in the interviews (and some that didn’t!) joined in on recording some of the original songs via the same old-school process — recording through old tube amplifiers and directly onto the record lathe! Some of them are dead on, like Pokey LaFarge:

…and some fit quite nicely into the band’s niche, like Alabama Shakes:

…and some play out in unexpected ways that make total sense, like Nas:

Definitely a documentary worth checking out for any music fan.

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