Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns has already explored the history of jazz, and now he’s turning his camera on another specifically American form of music. Today, Burns announced that his next documentary will tackle the history of country music.
Burns’ episodic documentary will focus on the notion of what country music is while following the careers of some of the genre’s innovators. Some of the artists that Burns intends to focus on include Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Willie Nelson, and Bob Willis, among others.
Fans excited to see Burns’ take on the genre’s history will have to be patient: with a busy schedule that includes projects on the Gettysburg Address, the Roosevelts, Jackie Robinson, and the Vietnam War, Burns’ country music documentary isn’t set to come out until 2018.