Dolly Parton: Platinum Blonde 8.00-9.00pm
A special profile about Dolly Parton, one of the best loved and most
prolific singer/songwriters in the world today. Featuring exclusive
interviews with Dolly, her friends, family and producers, the
documentary - originally shown on BBC One - takes an in-depth look at
Dolly's life and career from her childhood right up to the present day.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine,
Shania Twain, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Connolly, Kenny Rogers, Dolly's
family and Fred Foster - the producer who discovered her.
Nanci Griffiths 9.00-10.00pm
Nanci Griffith has a well-deserved reputation as a top-notch
singer-songwriter. During her 25-year career, she has successfully
straddled the genres of folk and country, while always managing to stay
above industry trends. She is a Grammy award-winner whose songs have
been covered by influential artists, such as Kathy Mattea and Suzy
Bogguss. This is another chance to see her breathtaking performance
Winter Marquee filmed at the historic Tennessee Theater in the spring of
2002. Winter Marquee is also the name of Nanci Griffith's spectacular
live album. The concert features Nanci backed by her longtime band, The
Blue Moon Orchestra and guest appearances by her friends, Emmylou Harris
and Tom Russell. The concert features Nanci's most loved songs, along
with four new compositions.
Alison Krauss and Union Station Live 10.00-11.00pm
Alison Krauss and Union Station received rave reviews for their album
Live, a recent example of the rise of bluegrass music. This atmospheric
live performance includes many of the songs from the album such as When
You Say Nothing At All, Let Me Touch You For Awhile and I Am A Man Of
Constant Sorrow, which featured on the soundtrack to O Brother, Where
Art Thou? Recorded on their spring tour in 2002 in the Louisville
Palace, Kentucky, Alison Krauss's haunting voice and spirited fiddle
playing are matched by exemplary performances by Dan Tyminski, Jerry
Douglas, Ron Block and Barry Bales.
Emmylou Harris: From A Deeper Well 11.50pm-12.50am
Made with her full co-operation, this documentary is a portrait of one
of America's most respected musical artists, Emmylou Harris. For over
30 years Emmylou has been a jewel in the crown of American music,
boasting a breadth of work and commanding the respect of a disparate
group of peers. The programme features exclusive interviews with Emmy,
friends and band members including Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Glen D.
Hardin, Ricky Skaggs, Phil Kaufman, aka the Road Mangler, and fans like
Steve Earle, Keith Richards and Elvis Costello. It features extensive
musical footage, both new and archival. As well as providing a
comprehensive look at Emmy's life, the programme also examines the
changing face of Country Music and its relationship to Nashville itself.
Emmylou Harris - Old Grey Whistle Test Special 12.50-1.30am
A special concert recorded in 1974 at the Television Theatre, Shepherds
Bush featuring Emmylou and her band performing some of her classic
songs. Beginning with Feeling Single, Seeing Double from her 1975 album
Elite Hotel, she moves through a variety of hits from her the
best-selling Luxury Liner including I'll Be Your San Antone Rose, Poncho
& Lefty, Making Believe, You Never Can Tell, Tulsa Queen and Luxury
Liner returning to Elite Hotel for Together Again and finishing with
Gram Parson's Ooh Las Vegas.
Down From The Mountain - Storyville 1.30-2.30am
Down From The Mountain is a joyous and free-spirited celebration of
American roots folk music. In May of 2000, artists on the soundtrack
of the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? gathered to play music
from the film for a concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. A
sprawling mix of authentic bluegrass musicians and contemporary
alternative Country stars, including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss,
Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, David Rawlings and Chris
Thomas King among others give startling and entertaining performances.
Down From The Mountain documents that concert - both onstage and
backstage - of a truly American musical form.