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Sharon Jones, the powerful front woman of the 11- member Dap Kings died November 18th. She led the group in reimagining funk tunes and tapping into the soul of old school grooves. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, she pursued music professionally late in life, after working as prison guard at Rikers Island. You can read more about her life and music here.

Listen to Nick’s 2011 interview with Sharon Jones and Gabe Roth.

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November 15th, 2016

American Routes' Nick Spitzer and the Alabama Art Council's Al Head Recall the Cultural Politics of the Louisiana Folklife Program in the '70s and '80s

The Alabama Arts Radio Series features American Routes’ Nick Spitzer in conversation with host Deborah Boykin and ASCA Executive Director Al Head about the cultural politics of the Louisiana Folklife Program in… Continued

February 12th, 2016

American Routes: Songs and Stories from the Road

American Routes is celebrating its 12th anniversary on the air with the release of American Routes: Songs and Stories From the Road, a double CD collection of favorite interviews and stories from… Continued