September 17th, 2014

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles and New Orleans Nightlife

 

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.

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September 10th, 2014

Get Rhythm: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

 

It's a two-hour tribute in song and story to the Man in Black. We'll hear from his family, friends and associates on the contradictions--preacher, outlaw, loving family man, rockabilly rebel--that made the man. Voices include Rosanne Cash; son John Carter Cash; sister Joanne Yates; bassist and original member of the Tennessee Two, Marshall Grant; guitarist Johnny Western; producer Rick Rubin; long-time manager Lou Robin; writer and critic Michael Streissguth; and, of course, Johnny Cash.

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September 3rd, 2014

Soul Sisters

 

We talk to three soul singers from the formative era of the mid-1950s through Motown of the late-60s and an all-female New Orleans brass band. Justine "Baby" Washington talks about growing up in Harlem and her hits "The Times," "Nobody Cares," and "That's How Heartaches Are Made." Maxine Brown started as teenager in NYC singing with gospel groups. By 1960 she penned the hit, "All in My Mind," and would later have hits with "Oh No Not My Baby" and a duet with Chuck Jackson on "Something You Got." Chris Clark is a rare white soul singer who recorded for Detroit's Motown Records. She became known as the "White Negress" in England where she toured with fellow Motown artists. The Original Pinettes Brass Band is a young, ten-member, all-women's New Orleans jazz band who have received major recognition in a field dominated by men.

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