Ken Burns Joins Carole King, Alison Krauss in National Park Celebration

September 21, 2009  |  10:17am
When Ken Burns' name is attached to a project, you better believe it's going to be good.

The man could make a nine-hour documentary about suburban lawn maintenance and keep you riveted for every minute. Burns' films on jazz and baseball, to name just a couple, stepped inside their subjects with a flashlight and explored every dark corner, making for a truly engaging watch. But for Burns' latest documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the filmmaker has called upon some musical pals to reveal the film in style.

This Wednesday (Sept. 23), clips of National Parks will premiere at Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park, a PBS and National Parks Conservation Association-sponsored concert featuring Gavin DeGraw, Carole King, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Counting Crows and Augustana.

The event will also include a performance by Peter Yarrow and Noel "Paul" Stookey dedicated to Mary Travers, who passed away last week.

The event will also feature appearances by a veritable who's-who of National Park-type folks, rock stars in their own right. Be sure to get an autograph from Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson.

Nowhere near Central Park? No matter. The concert event will be streaming online to PBS affiliates all across the country. Just check out FeelFree.org for more information.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea airs on PBS on Sunday (Sept. 27).

Related links:
Ken Burns on PBS
FeelFree.org
More About Park Ranger Shelton Johnson

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