Throughout February and in celebration of Black History Month, PBS announced a film celebrating Charley Pride’s history and impact in country music, American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me.
According to a release, the film is available through the PBS Video app, to PBS Passport Members, and is on DVD at the late country trailblazer’s website. The film spans Pride’s lifetime, from his beginning’s as a sharecropper’s son, to his baseball career in the Negro League and his eventual superstardom in country music.
“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,” Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters said in the release. “We are honored to share the inspiring, and largely untold, story of this barrier-breaking performer with viewers nationwide.”
With Tanya Tucker narrating, the film features Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and many more stars.
Pride is also featured in PBS’ Country Music, Episode 5: The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968) with Ken Burns and Grammy Salute To Music Legends.