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|Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes covers the "vast American musical landscape," spanning genres and eras: From Aretha Franklin to George Jones, Los Lobos to Howlin' Wolf, Count Basie to Beck.|
Coming soon!!Dec 3rd, 2015: Music and Memories along the Mississippi
Dec 10th, 2015: John McEuen, Gary Burton and Jake Shimabukuro
Dec 17th, 2015: Remembering Allen Toussaint: A Saint for All Seasons
Dec 24th, 2015: Holiday Programming Special
Dec 31st, 2015: American Routes on Stage and on the Road—Live Music for Auld Lang Syne
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American Routes follows the journeys made by folklorist Alan Lomax as he documented the diversity of the traditional music of America, in the face of what he felt was the increased threat by popular “monoculture.” We’ll look into Lomax’s work as a sound recordist, cultural theorist, radio host and above all, shaper of 20th century pop culture through his discoveries.Nov 12th, 2015: Modern Traditions: Ben Harper and Carl LeBlanc
The singer-songwriter Ben Harper has been on the scene since the early ‘90s, but now he’s digging deeper into the blues with the legendary harpman Charlie Musselwhite. We’ll talk with Ben about the musical journey from his family’s music store to his recent recording that he calls his “graduation” album. Then an in-studio conversation with a guitarist who has played with Sun Ra and now plays banjo with Preservation Hall, New Orleans’ own Carl LeBlanc.Nov 5th, 2015: A Grateful Journey: Kris Kristofferson
A conversation with a man of many talents: songwriter, actor, boxer, military man, among many titles, Kris Kristofferson, reflecting on his life in music, his songwriting craft, and the nature of gratitude for his life’s adventures.Oct 29th, 2015: Sacred Steel Brothers and a Jazz Master: Robert Randolph, Calvin Cooke and Yusef Lateef
Sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph has gathered together the leading players of the genre for a recent recording, paying tribute to the past, and covering tunes outside the cannon. We’ll speak with him and one of his fellow Slide Brothers, Calvin Cooke. Then a conversation with jazz adventurist Yusef Lateef about his musical mentors and inspirations.