Monday, October 3, 2011

If you're watching the new Ken Burns doc, you're listening to Montana music

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 8:27 PM

The Montana Mandolin Society has two songs featured in "Prohibition," the new Ken Burns documentary currently airing on PBS. (Part two is airing tonight. Part three is tomorrow. The DVD comes out Wednesday.)

The Bozeman-based Montana Mandolin Society started in 1998. Two songs appear in the six-hour series: "Maggie's Lullaby," composed by Dennis White, and "Japanese Music Box." The group's business manager told Mandolin Cafe that, "According to Ken Burns, we will hear our music on all three nights of the documentary."

The latest Burns project is described as "the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed." It "goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation." You can watch a preview of it here.

Watch the full episode. See more Ken Burns.

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