'Country Music' documentary coming to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Documentarian Ken Burns will showcase about 45 minutes of his upcoming film, 'Country Music', featuring Marty Stuart on Mar. 28 at the Ellis Theater.

Main Street Executive Director Tim Moore says it is an honor to have Burns share his film with the city.

"Ken Burns is a celebrated documentarian. His most famous work that a lot of people talk about are his documentary on the Civil War and his documentaries on baseball. A lot of his films are shown on Mississippi Public Broadcasting,” says Moore.

‘Country Music’ is split in to eight episodes focusing on the rise of country music and features some of the industry's most famous voices.

"He has done a 16-hour documentary on country music and Marty Stuart has done over 200 speaking parts, introducing and talking about the different areas,” says Moore.

He says this event is the beginning of an exciting time for the city.

"In my opinion, what it means for Philadelphia is it's kind of the launch to the Marty Stuart center. It’s another step that the community needs to see what all Marty’s collection involves,” says Moore.

The night will be separated into two parts: an engagement with Stuart and his wife, Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, first, and a screening of ‘Country Music’ afterwards. VIP tickets will get you into both.

"One will be a special event, held at the Marty Stuart Warehouse where you will get to meet with Marty and Connie. They're also going to be singing and doing some stuff on stage and there will be some light hors d'oeuvres,” says Moore.

Tickets are on sale now. Click the attached link. Tickets may be purchased for one or both events.

There will also be a screening of Ken Burns’ Country Music and lunch reception to be held Mar. 29 at Peavey Headquarters in Meridian.