This week on American Routes~ Festival Acadiens et Creoles & the New Orleans Nightlife

September 18th, 2013 ~ This week on American Routes we bring you music from the festival stage and the clubs of South Louisiana. We visit some of our favorite nighttime musical haunts in New Orleans and spend time with guitar man Ernie Vincent and jazz historian Bruce Raeburn. Then, allons a Lafayette for the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, south Louisiana’s annual celebration of Cajun and Creole music, food and culture. We’ll hear classic performances from the early days of the festival, talk with founder and scholar Barry Ancelet and sample some of the sights and sounds from the festival grounds. Listen here…

This week on American Routes~ Johnny Winter and Jason Moran

September 11th, 2013 ~ A visit with two native sons of the Texas Gulf Coast. Guitar slinger Johnny Winter grew up listening to the blues in Beaumont, Texas and took his talent for playing to the world. We talk with Winter about his Texas youth and his blues milestones. Jazz pianist Jason Moran started out in Houston playing classical music, but found his way to jazz through Thelonious Monk. We’ll learn more about his adventures in the NYC jazz scene.


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This week on American Routes~ Musical Couples: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola

September 4th, 2013 ~ We’ll talk with a pair of musical couples, to learn the secrets of sharing the spotlight and making beautiful music together. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are folk musicians who met in the alt-country scene in LA. Today, with two daughters and a successful career sharing the stage, they sing for families and clubs around the country. Leroy Jones is a trumpet player from New Orleans and his wife, Katja Toivola is a trombone player from Finland. We’ll visit their home in the Treme to find out more about their love of bringing New Orleans jazz to world.

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Today, August 28, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

You can hear Harry Belafonte, Albert Murray and Julian Bond talk about King’s life and legacy on this classic American Routes.

This Week on American Routes~ Summer’s Last Chance to Dance: New Orleans Live

August 28th, 2013 ~ This Labor Day weekend we bring out the best from the clubs in New Orleans. Recorded during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest weekends, this music is sure to get your barbeque hopping and your picnic popping. We’ll visit Preservation Hall for songs and stories by Steve Earle and Tao Seeger, plus a special tribute to late New Orleans trumpeter John Brunious. Then we head over to the Howlin’ Wolf for a late night set by the 2012 Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band.

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This week on American Routes: JJ Cale and Cedric Watson

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August 21st, 2013 ~ This episode of American Routes was first broadcast in March, 2010. J.J. Cale passed away on July 26, 2013 at 74 years old.

J.J. Cale came up in the clubs of Tulsa, Oklahoma playing everything from Western Swing to Rock ‘n’ Roll. He even wrote songs that became hits for his friend Eric Clapton. But it was in the recording studio where he found his true calling. We’ll talk with J.J. about his career as a guitar man, songwriter and studio wizard. Then we visit with up and coming Creole fiddler and accordionist Cedric Watson and learn about his journey within the world of French and Caribbean music.


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He was the political dimension of religious morality. He was hip enough to come up with devices which were effective, and it activated people who normally would not have done it just strictly on the Church… and he was of the Earth. He wasn’t talking about live so you can be happy in heaven, live to be happy in Mississippi… that’s realpolitik.

- the late Albert Murray, on MLK, Jr.

Murray passed away on Sunday, August 18 at 97 years old. Read about his life and work here.

Hear more of Nick’s interview with Murray here…

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman play “Sweet Sunny South” on banjo.

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs - “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Hear Jerry Garcia talk about Earl Scruggs’ “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” on this week’s American Routes.

Danny Barker - “Eh La Bas”


Check out this week’s American Routes to hear about the unexpected variety of banjo music, with interviews with Béla Fleck, Jerry Garcia and Earle Scruggs.