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Country Music Episode 8: “Music Will Get Through” (1973 – 1983) 1x52

Though no longer on country radio, Bluegrass still has a core of avid fans. Marty Stuart tours with Lester Flatt and sometimes with the “Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe. Back in his home state of Texas, Willie Nelson discovers a music scene in Austin, where a mixture of hippies and rednecks seem to get along and welcome offbeat artists like Nelson whose music becomes a hit. Ricky Skaggs has deep Bluegrass credentials, but his time with Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band inspires him to experiment with a sound combining the acoustic instruments of a string band with something more electric. Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launch the “Outlaw” movement, and Emmylou Harris bridges folk and rock with country music in a way that influences a new generation of artists.