“American Epic” Birth of recorded music to premiere May 16th 2017

American Epic,” a star-studded three-part music documentary exploring the birth of the recording industry and its impact on world culture, will premiere May 16 on PBS as a joint venture between the U.S. public broadcasting system and the BBC in Great Britain.

Actor-producer Robert Redford, who narrates “American Epic,” music producer T Bone Burnett and roots-music guru Jack White are among the executive producers of the documentary directed by British filmmaker Bernard MacMahon. The work features interviews and performances by White, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Merle Haggard, rapper Nas, Beck, Steve Martin, Rhiannon Giddens, Alabama Shakes, Taj Mahal and numerous others.