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AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00pm - Janice: Little Girl Blue
Observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer. Director Amy Berg presents a portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Chan Marshall narrates.
Friday, May 27 at 9:00pm - The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
Mondays at 8:00pm
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
May 2 – Omaha, Hour 3
Travel to Omaha to see fantastic pieces of history, like a Humphreys’ homeopathic medicine cabinet, a 1939 Gregoire Boonzaier “View of Cape Town” oil painting and a mid-19th-century Mormon book archive. Which treasure is the top find of the hour?
May 9 – Cleveland, Hour 1
Discover hidden treasures such as 1920 World Series stubs, a Charles Rohlfs music stand from around 1905 and an Ohio folk art double portrait, ca. 1838. One is the top find of the night
May 16 – Cleveland, Hour 2
Join ROADSHOW in the journey to Cleveland and learn about items such as an Ohio salt-glazed figural stoneware match stand, an 1863 Civil War grave marker group and a 1964 Manoucher Yektai oil painting. Which find is valued at $65,000?
May 23 – Cleveland, Hour 3
Travel to Cleveland to see outstanding vintage finds like a "Big Bronco" coin-operated horse made around 1952, a Bill Watterson archive, ca. 1975, and a Tiffany & Co. pendant watch necklace. Can you guess the $40,000-$60,000 treasure?
May 30 – Baton Rouge
Highlights include an early 19th-century Louisiana work table stored in a barn for several decades; collection of Confederate Civil War letters found in the wall of a Mississippi house; a Porfirio Salinas oil, ca. 1935, in its original frame.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
May 7 – Greensky Bluegrass
Winners of the coveted 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival competition, they have emerged as relentless road warriors, creating a captivating live show while developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft. Playing up to 175 shows a year, in rock clubs and open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass is a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a legion of devoted fans entranced by improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.
May 14– Robert Earl Keen
From humble beginnings in the central Texas hill country, Robert Earl Keen has garnered peer and fan cred as a living legend, recording 18 full-length albums with songs covered by artists from George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, the Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith and the Dixie Chicks. Though Keen has toured extensively both nationally and abroad, he is heralded as one of the Lone Star State’s most consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, beside Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt.
May 21 – Hot Rize (shown at right)
When Hot Rize first appeared in 1978, the bluegrass world saw this Colorado band as something truly special, earning International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, a Bluegrass Grammy nomination, a four-star review in Rolling Stone, regular visits to “A Prairie Home Companion,” appearances on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS and multi-continent tours. Now reformed in a slightly new line-up, this foursome is bringing its captivating stage show to new generations.
May 27 – Billy Joe Shaver
NPR said, “Shaver is … among the most respected living writers of country music.” Johnny Cash called Shaver “my favorite singer.” His debut album, Old Five & Dimers Like Me (1973) is the legendary outlaw country album and his songs have been recorded/performed by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings and many more. Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association, Shaver is also a Grammy nominee and an inductee of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Doc Martin - NEW SEASON!!
Thursdays at 9:00pm
In the highly-anticipated Doc Martin VII, Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the G.P. with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. Heartbroken after Louisa’s (Caroline Catz) departure at the end of Season VI, the new series finds Martin ready to make some changes and win his family back.
May 5 – Rescue Me
We start back in Portwenn with Martin, but Louisa is not there. After their tumultuous time last series, Louisa has gone for a break to visit her mother in Spain: to have some time to think and get some perspective on their relationship. Martin is faced with the questions: will Louisa come back to him; and what can he do to make sure that she does?
May 12 – Shock of the New
After Martin’s first session with Dr. Rachel Timoney, we see he may have me this match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr. Timoney seems well-qualified. Louisa’s return further raises questions around their relationship: in order to stay together, perhaps they need to spend more time apart, living in separate houses until they have worked through their issues. Meanwhile, Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that his good review is definitely not guaranteed. Bert decides to try and rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme, and offering a 2-for-1 lobster special with the help of Gus, a local fisherman.
May 19 – It’s Good to Talk
Martin has decided he will be the one to move out of the Surgery to allow Louisa the space she needs, which Louisa does really appreciate. Louisa is intrigued to meet Martin’s therapist, Dr. Rachel Timoney, but is not quite so happy when Rachel suggests that they should have therapy as a couple, instead of Martin having it on his own.
May 26 – Education, Education, Education
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery. Louisa is surprised, and impressed, when Martin agrees to this: perhaps he is learning to change after all. Morwenna is not quite so happy about it when Peter starts trying to boss her around in the Surgery.
June 2 – Control--Alt--Delete
Martin reaches his breaking point with being followed around by Buddy: he resolves to find a vet to have him put down. Morwenna, and eventually Louisa, manage to persuade him that it isn’t quite that simple – a vet will not put down a healthy dog just on Martin’s say-so. They intervene and find a new home for Buddy with Angela Sim, a local vet, though Martin will have to take him there himself. Martin is not impressed by Angela’s alternative approaches to medicine, even if it is veterinary medicine, but at least he has managed to offload Buddy onto her.
Front and Center
Saturdays at 10:30pm
Front and Center is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The concert series, now in its fifth season, has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers.
May 7 – Borns
Indie pop singer/songwriter BØRNS treats the sold-out crowd at the Iridium in New York City to a captivating performance featuring songs from his debut album Dopamine. The Michigan native debuts his dreamy pop sound with songs like “The Emotion,” “10,000 Emerald Pools,” and his latest single, the Top 10 hit “Electric Love.” During the performance BØRNS shares stories from the making of the album and explains the eerie background noise on “The Emotion.”
May 14 – Bret Eldredge
CMA New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge takes the stage for the CMA Songwriters Series at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville with songwriters Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas, Travis Hill and Heather Morgan. A songwriter in his own right, having co-written all of the songs on his recent release Illinois, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, Eldredge joins co-writers Copperman and Morgan on a performance of the album’s lead single “Lose My Mind.” Eldredge and the hit makers also perform hits from his debut album Bring You Back including best-loved No. 1 hits including “Beat of the Music,” “Mean To Me” and “Don’t Ya.”
May 21 – Steven Tyler (shown at right)
Legendary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steven Tyler makes his CMA Songwriters Series debut at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. The stripped down country inspired set features Tyler sharing the story behind the making of his first country single, “Love Is Your Name,” and performing the chart-topping hit with Nashville-based co-writers Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay. The Grammy Award-winning artist, whose debut country album is due out in early 2016, also shares the stage with The Loving Mary Band which features longtime Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederickson and country hit maker Rebecca Lynn Howard, along with Extreme lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt for performances of “Jaded,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “Sweet Emotion” and more.
May 27 – Joe Jackson
Iconic Jazz musician and five-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Jackson performs an electrifying set at New York City’s Iridium with songs from his latest album Fast Forward including “A Little Smile” and “Keep On Dreaming.” The multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter performs his chart-topping classics “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” “Steppin’ Out” and “You Can’t Get What You Want.”