Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett for ‘American Epic’ documentary and album

The three-part series will also feature performances from Beck, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Elton John and more.

Jack White has teamed up with country musician T Bone Burnett and actor Robert Redford for new documentary series American Epic.

The three-part series, directed by British filmmakers Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, follows the growth of the music industry and US record labels during the 1920s. White, Redford and Burnett serve as executive producers on the project. The series will air on PBS and BBC Four in October.

“These recordings were the first time America heard itself,” MacMahon told The New York Times of the documentary. “It is like the DNA of America, its raw expression. This period represents an apex of American technological innovation.”

The series will be accompanied by ‘The American Epic Sessions’, a feature-length film and soundtrack album which will see modern artists recording new music using antiquated devices. Beck, Willie Nelson, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Elton John and more will take part. See a trailer below.

Meanwhile, Jack White was recently revealed as the mystery buyer behind the $300,000 sale of Elvis Presley’s first record. White will reissue the vinyl for Record Store Day on April 18.

Jack White released his latest solo album ‘Lazaretto’ in June 2014. Read the NME review.
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