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A long happy marriage and a thriving music-making career are blessings, with varying degrees of compatibility. Combining them when you’re both approaching your 60s is a life change and a leap of faith. This could be a potent pitch for a scripted film, but instead it’s the real story playing out in the new docu-series It Was The Music featuring Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, now available as a pay-per-view on Amazon. 

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Joe Newberry is a modern day avatar of country music’s oldest traditions. The 62-year-old musician - a veteran of A Prairie Home Companion and other leading stages - tours and records playing a repertoire either drawn from or inspired by early 20th century old time. One day last Fall, Newberry went into his bank and something novel happened.

 

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In 1996, I sat transfixed through a six-hour docu-series on TBS called America's Music: The Roots Of Country. I'd become a fan of country and bluegrass, but my knowledge was spotty. I'd never seen the story laid out as a cohesive narrative, connecting eras and influences, so that film was a slow-motion epiphany and a life-changing experience. With 16 hours of run time and the intellectual and artistic firepower of Ken Burns behind it, Country Music, premiering Sunday on PBS, is poised to be an even more dazzling and comprehensive revelation for millions of people.

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new documentary about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous will make its Middle Tennessee debut in Smyrna Friday.

The film “Bill W” recounts the life and mission of Bill Wilson, one of AA’s co-founders.

AA calls itself as a fellowship of recovering alcoholics and is estimated to have more than 2 million members in the U.S.  The organization is reportedly active in more than 100 nations and is widely seen as the first of a many 12-step recovery programs serving a wide range of addictions.