AMERICAN MASTERS “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me”

The Premiere Public Screening
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Showings

Franklin Theatre Fri, Feb 8 7:00 PM
$15 Additional fees may apply
Event Info
Doors Open:30 Minutes Before Show
Run Time:1 hr 15 min
Rating:Not Rated
Year:2019

Description

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and imitating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The film features original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson and Marty Stuart, as well as on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests, including Rozene Pride (his wife of 61 years), Willie Nelson and fellow musicians.

This is the world premiere public screening of the film. It will be broadcast on PBS in the American Masters strand.

“At a time when African-American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.

There will be a Q&A afterwards with filmmaker and panel

Proceeds will benefit the National Museum of African American Music.


Presented by the National Museum of African American Music

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