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PBS Exclusive Outtakes from American Masters: Troubadours

By Michelle Michalos
Monday, February 28th, 2011
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THIRTEEN has your backstage pass to the meet the singer-songwriters you love from the 1970s, with the new documentary, American Masters – Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter.

The film chronicles the ‘70s music scene that began with the groundbreaking musical collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor at the famed Troubadour nightclub in LA, and features interviews with music legends like Carole King, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, and others.

See it March 2 at 8 p.m. and March 7 at 10 p.m,, only on THIRTEEN.

Support THIRTEEN and get the film on DVD or the legendary music of Carole King and James Taylor on CD.

Find out more at www.pbs.org/americanmasters, or watch exclusive extras from the film below:


Outtake 1: Life at the Troubadour
Cheech & Chong, Bonnie Raitt, former Troubadour staff and others recall night’s spent at the Troubadour.

Outtake 2: Linda Ronstadt and Women in Country Rock
Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and others discuss women in country music and recognize Linda Ronstadt as a pioneer in the genre.

Outtake 3: Kris Kristofferson and Country Music at the Troubadour

Kris Kristofferson reflects on how the Troubadour launched his career.

Outtakes 4: Steve Martin on the Trains of Santa Monica

Steve Martin discusses the trains that used to run down Santa Monica Boulevard and how he worked them into his act.

Interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville:

  • Marie

    where was Carly Simon? I think she was better than Carole King and belonged in that group. I always thought James Taylor and Carole King whined too much and I didn’t enjoy all their music.

  • Rita

    I loved this doc so much, this time in music. I always say I should have been born 10 years earlier because I relate to this time in music, the richness of the writing and the gorgeous voices, keeping it simple without alot of production just great voices a piano and or guitar! Love it!

  • Charles

    Where was Ronstadt in the broadcast version?? A slight that really needs an explanation. She is the best thing to come out of the self-absorbed group by far.