Jack White produced American Epic with T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford.
American Epic includes a three-part documentary and a feature-length film (entitled The American Epic Sessions) and will air on PBS and BBC Arena this fall. The series documents the birth of modern music in America, as record company talent scouts toured America and captured the music that would become blues, country, gospel and more.
The American Epic Sessions sees contemporary artists (including Elton John, Willie Nelson, Beck, Nas, Raphael Saadiq, Alabama Shakes and more) re-create the music of these important 1920s field recordings. In true Jack White fashion, the musicians used original microphones, amplifiers and equipment from the era, including a re-assembled recording machine that recorded the music straight to wax.
In addition, American Epic will include releases of restored, archival recordings from the ’20s and ’30s, The American Epic Sessions performances and a Third Man Records deluxe vinyl box set. Watch a trailer below.