Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford are co-producing a documentary series American Epic that features a three-part documentary, a performance film and a set of companion album releases.
American Epic focuses on the birth of the modern American music in the 1920’s, documenting the era through previously unreleased footage.
The first part of the documentary premieres on PBS on May 16th, soundtracks American Epic: The Soundtrack and American Epic: The Collection come out on May 12th.
In the film American Epic Sessions, a group of high-profile artists was invited to record using the original recording devices, including 1920’s amplifiers and microphones, to recreate the atmosphere of that era. Jack White, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers or Steve Martin and Eddie Brickell are among the featured musicians.
Jack White’s record label Third Man Records will also release a number of companion albums dedicated to 1920’s artists, including thematic collections focusing on blues and country.