We can only speculate what would have lied ahead for Patsy Cline. But we can certainly embrace what she left behind.
The acclaimed and always outstanding “American Masters” series on PBS explores the legacy of the country legend on “Patsy Cline: American Masters,” premiering on Nashville’s PBS affiliate WNPT Monday night, March 6, at 8:30 p.m. CT. The show will repeat several times throughout the month of March, as “American Masters” celebrates Women’s History Month.
On March 3, the new Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville hosted a special screening of “Patsy Cline: American Masters” for invited industry leaders, media members, and Patsy’s family and friends. S&E Nashville was pleased to be among the attendees for the event.
We can tell you that whether you’re a die-hard Patsy Cline devotee or merely a casual fan, “Patsy Cline: American Masters” belongs on your “must-see” viewing list. The one-hour show, narrated by Rosanne Cash, traces Cline’s history from a young girl in Winchester, Virginia, to her landmark appearance on the TV show “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” to her tragic death in an airplane crash in 1963.
You’ll hear comments from such current artists as Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves and Rhiannon Giddens, discussing the powerful influence Cline had on their careers and on country music in general. Archival interviews with now-deceased figures Owen Bradley, who served as Patsy’s longtime producer, and Dottie West add the proper insight into Patsy’s popularity.
Following the screening was a panel discussion on Cline’s life and career featuring noted country music historian Robert K. Oermann, journalist and MTSU professor Beverly Keel, and Ted Swindley, who wrote and produced the hit stage musical “Always. . . Patsy Cline.” Mandy Barnett, best known for her spot-on portrayal of Cline in the musical, provided an extra treat with her renditions of “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and other Cline classics.
Attendees also had the opportunity to take in a sneak preview of the Patsy Cline Museum, which is still in the finishing stages. On display are vintage videos of her performances, wardrobes, and a timeline of Cline’s career, among other items. The museum, located in the same building as the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville, will no doubt prove a sterling addition to Music City’s array of attractions and visitor sights.
An announcement will be made soon regarding the Patsy Cline Museum’s official opening to the public. The opening is expected to occur by the end of March.