'American Masters: Charley Pride - I'm Just Me'
(Charley Pride / DVD / NC-17 / 2019 / PBS)
Overview: Explore the history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride.
Raised in the brutally segregated Mississippi Delta, Pride's buttery voice, talent, and steely resolve led him to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, and as we all get to learn from the off here on this quite riveting and highly informative new PBS documentary, Charley Pride (born March 18, 1934) is an American country music singer, musician, guitarist, recording artist, performer, business owner, and former baseball player.
His greatest musical success came in the early to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.
Indeed, during the peak years of his recording career (1966–87), he garnered 52 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 40 of which made it to number one.
Pride is one of the few African Americans to have enjoyed considerable success in the country music industry and one of only three (along with DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker) to have been inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
In 2010, Pride became a special investor and minority owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball club.
'American Masters: Charley Pride - I'm Just Me" explores the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride.
A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award® winner, his journey here in this lush, expansive new documentary (running at a solid 80 minutes) shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.
A must see for all his fans and for fans of Pride's genre of music, that's for sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
2018 Country Music Association Awards: Meet The Band
Kiss An Angel Good Morning: The Making of Charley Pride's Hits
The Sound, The Time, The Place: The Legacy of Pride's Voice
The Negro League Baseball Museum