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LORETTA LYNN: THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW – PBS/AMERICAN MASTERS

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The life of “The Queen of Country Music” Loretta Lynn is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are the producers of a new documentary AMERICAN MASTERS – LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern and Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. The PBS special premiers Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS, during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series and in conjunction with the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in 10 years, FULL CIRCLE.

LORETTA LYNN GUITARjpgInducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. “She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said executive producer Elizabeth Trojian of Yap Films Inc. “You couldn’t make up a better example of the American Dream than Loretta Lynn’s astonishing rags-to-riches story. Her 48-year marriage to Doo and their rare partnership is also one of the great love stories of our times,” said executive producer Elliott Halpern of Yap Films Inc.

LORETTA LYNNS RANCHWednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the rags to riches story of one of America’s great singer-songwriters, Loretta Lynn, with granddaughter and country music performer Tayla Lynn and film producers Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, airing, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FATS DOMINO & THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

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Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 24, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table is the director of the new American Masters documentary of the same name airing Friday, February 26, 10 pm on your PBS stations, Joe Lauro and associate producer and longtime friend of the legendary performer, Haydee Ellis.

FatsDomino logoFats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll. With hits such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Walking to New Orleans” and more, Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to black and white audiences alike.

In celebration of Fat’s Domino’s eighty-eighth birthday, and in recognition of Black History Month, a conversation with film director Joe Lauro and Fats Domino’s good friend Haydee Ellis in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, FATS DOMINO AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Wednesday, February 24, 3 p.m. ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

CAROLE KING: DIRECTOR GEORGE SCOTT & PLAYWRIGHT DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now, King tells her own story in the new documentary American Masters – CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, premiering nationwide Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show previews the film when joining Halli at her table is the director of the documentary, filmaker George Scott and Douglas McGrath who wrote the book for the award-winning BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, a contributor to George Scott’s Carole King documentary.

CaroleKingAmericanMaterslogoOriginally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and large audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects. ENGLAND’S OTHER ELIZABETH, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated program ever in the BBC Omnibus Series 30 year history. Other portrait subjects have included Carla Bruni, the The Pep Shop Boys, as well as portraits of Barry White, Neil Sedaka and more.

CaroleKindBeauftifulMusicalcoverMost recently, Douglas McGrath directed the HBO documentary BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, for which he and Mr. Allen were nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award, in 1995 for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and in 1997 for EMMA. Some of his other directing credits include COMPANY MAN and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Besides writing for the New Republic, he has also written for the New Yorker, The Nation, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He began his career as a writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He wrote the book for the highly-acclaimed Broadway show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

A conversation with George Scott and Douglas McGrath in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, Wednesday, February 17, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

B.B. KING: INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER-DIRECTOR JON BREWER

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B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.” Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the life of the King of Blues with rock and roll legendary manager Jon Brewer, the award-winning producer/director of American Masters: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates and appears in the film.

JONBREWERBBKINGHIMSELFDirector/Producer Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, and Gerry Rafferty before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed. Ultimately he turned to making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series). He worked on B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY the film with King for two years. Filming was completed shortly before King passed on May 14, 2015.

jONbREWERBBKINGA conversation with Jon Brewer, music & media industry veteran and producer/director of the new American Master’s documentary, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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