This 2-disc DVD is a 4-part documentary that airs on PBS in the fall of 2001. Each 1 hour episode features seminal historic footage and musical performances by the pioneers of American music and traces the cultural evolution that shaped and influenced our rich tapestry of music. Masters in the fields of Folk, COuntry, Blues, Gospel, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Cajun, Zydeco, Tejano and Native American music are celebrated. Featured performers include Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson, B.B. King, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Clifton Chenier, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, many more.