“This is America’s greatest untold story.”
— Robert Redford
In the late 1920s, record companies sent talent scouts across the United States, searching for new artists and sounds. They traveled to remote regions with a recording machine, auditioned thousands of everyday Americans, and issued their music on phonograph records. It was the first time America heard itself, and the artists they discovered transformed American music forever. AMERICAN EPIC, a new three-part documentary, tells the extraordinary story of this trailblazing era when modern music was born.
The remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era. The series culminates in June with THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS, a film showcasing Willie Nelson, Elton John, Nas, Taj Mahal, Beck, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos, Raphael Saadiq, and other contemporary artists recreating America’s musical past in recording sessions using a restored recording lathe.