‘Charley Pride: I’m Just Me’ Premieres on PBS Feb. 22

‘American Masters’ checks in with Pride, Joseph Pulitzer, Terrence McNally
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The American Masters documentary Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, about Pride growing up a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi before making it as a trail-blazing country music superstar, airs on PBS Feb. 22. Barbara Hall directed, and Michael Kantor is the executive producer on behalf of American Masters.

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Before his music career kicked in, Pride also had a run as a baseball player in the Negro leagues. The film includes interviews with Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson and Marty Stuart.

“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,” said Kantor. “We are honored to share the inspiring, and largely untold, story of this barrier-breaking performer with viewers nationwide.”

I’m Just Me and Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, which premiered Feb. 19, are the American Masters projects tied to Black History Month.

Coming up for American Masters this year are the documentaries Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives, about the singer-songwriter, out March 1; Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, about the famed newspaper publisher, April 12; Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable, about the photographer, April 19; and Terrence McNally: Every Act of Live, about the playwright and screenwriter, June 14.

Robert Shaw — Man of Many Voices, about the actor, rolls in summer or fall, and N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear, about the Native American author, premieres in the fall. 

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