Patsy Cline to Receive The PBS American Masters Treatment


There are few other legends of country music whose music lasted longer, had more impact, and crossed sensibilities of taste and genre better than the songs of Patsy Cline. That voice, and the songs she selected in her short career can still stop you dead in your tracks from the emotion they stir.

Beginning on March 4th, PBS will premier a new documentary on Patsy Cline as part of their long-running American Masters series. It’s the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters, and they have selected Patsy Cline to feature on the 85th Anniversary of her birth. Patsy Cline died tragically on March 5, 1963 at the age of 30 in a plane crash.

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline‘s impact on country music and culture, including her role as a groundbreaker for female artists in the genre, and how she became seminal to the Nashville Sound. The film features rare performances of Cline classics such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You,” and many more. It also features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D’Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton, Terri Clark, and others.

“It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline,” says Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall. “For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark.” 

Confirmed air dates for Patsy Cline: American Masters include:

*New York metro area: Saturday, March 4 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 5 at 10:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN
*San Francisco: Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. on KQED 9
*Denver: Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS
*Minneapolis/St. Paul: Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. on TPT 2
*Nashville: Monday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. on Nashville Public Television
*Houston: Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media
*Seattle: Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. on KCTS 9
*Phoenix: Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m. on Arizona PBS
*Baltimore: Sunday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. on MPT
*Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham: Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on UNC-TV
*Indianapolis: Tuesday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on WFYI
*Portland: Tuesday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. on OPB TV
*Miami: Tuesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. on WPBT2
*Los Angeles: Thursday, March 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS SoCal
*Orlando: Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m. on WUCF TV