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The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Sources of Country Music” Kansas City Artist's Work Featured in Ken Burns' New Documentary

Picture of Mural Thomas Hart Benton's "The Sources of Country Music" is featured prominently in Ken Burns' new documentary. (Flickr)
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An early scene in Ken Burns’ new “Country Music” documentary, now airing on KCPT, prominently features famed Kansas City artist Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Sources of Country Music.” Here’s the story behind the creation of the work, which is at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Enjoy the slide show below.

In conjunction with Ken Burns’ documentary series, Country Music, Kansas City PBS is highlighting local stories about the impact of country music in our region. Learn more at kcpt.org/country-music and tune in for the premiere September 15 on KCPT.  Presented by Bank of America.

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One thought on “The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s “The Sources of Country Music”

  1. The fiddler on the left was my father. When Thomas Hart Benton died, there was a front page article in the St Louis Post Dispatch which showed Benton sketching my dad in preparation for the Sources of Country Music. I think it may have been the photographer who sent my dad a copy of the newspaper in 1975. Thank you for allowing me to leave a comment.

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