CMT will launch its new News & Docs division with an impressive slate of inaugural projects in development from critically-acclaimed and award-winning
producers including Ridley Scott and Morgan Spurlock, among others.
At the network’s upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday (April 2), several projects were revealed that will establish CMT’s News and Docs division,
covering a wide range of topics that will appeal to the growing CMT audience. The annual event included a private, three-song set by Grammy-winning country
group Lady Antebellum.
Upcoming documentaries include Promiseland from Oscar-nominated executive producer Ridley Scott; They Called Us Outlaws by acclaimed filmmaker Eric
Geadelmann and Academy Award-winner Mark Johnson; Freedom by Academy Award-nominated director Morgan Spurlock; and Urban Legend: When a Nation
Went Country by John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan, producers of ESPN’s Pony Excess.
Here are more details about the News & Docs projects:
They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes and the Rise of Redneck Rock
Presented by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this eight-hour documentary event examines what happened in Nashville and in Austin in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an era that displayed a major shift in country music. From Tennessee to Texas, musicians were breaking all the rules, pushing aside long-established traditions and doing things their own way. They Called Us Outlaws tells this story in four feature-length documentary films. It is an in-depth never-before-seen look at the pickers, the players and the songwriters who altered the course of country music forever.
They Called Us Outlaws is “Willie, Waylon and the Boys” and a few irreverent girls at the height of their rule-breaking days. The documentary will feature more than 20 American music icons including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Rodney Crowell, the Flatlanders, Jessi Colter, Marcia Ball and Emmylou Harris.