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B.B. King
B.B. KING appearing in 49 shows and/or playlists

B.B. KING

EPISODES OF AMERICAN ROUTES WITH B.B. KING

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

From the show "Highway 61 with B.B. King" originally aired on August 18th, 1999

FAMILY GROOVE: REMEMBERING CHARLES NEVILLE... AND HIS BROTHERS FROM NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans' Neville Brothers--Art, Aaron, Charles and Cyril--are famed for their fiery soul and funk, blues and ballads, Caribbean and Crescent City rhythms. Saxophonist Charles Neville recently passed away. He first learned to play music in the family's uptown Valence Street neighborhood, and quickly took to the stage. By 15 Charles was with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King and Big Maybelle, among others, touring the Jim Crow South. A drug habit landed the sax player in Louisiana's infamous Angola Penitentiary from 1963 to 1966. It was a reforming and learning experience for him, playing bebop jazz with other inmates and integrating prison bands. In the seventies, Charles and his siblings formed the Wild Tchoupitoulas and then the Neville Brothers, bands that blended the homegrown sounds of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and street life with modern soul, funk and jazz. We pay tribute to Charles by revisiting our interviews with him and his brothers over the years, as the Nevilles tell stories of family life and their adventures in and beyond the city where they learned their craft.

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

In this special program, we visit Angola, the notorious plantation-turned-penitentiary, to hear stories and songs from within the prison's walls. We talk with saxophonist Charles Neville about serving time at the "Farm" during the Jim Crow era, playing with fellow inmates in the Nic Nacs, and the role of music in integrating prison life. We hear previously unreleased Harry Oster field recordings of Mardi Gras Indian chants and bebop jazz from Angola in the late-50s. And we go on-site for interviews and performances with contemporary Angola musicians. Plus, we explore the popular tradition of prison music from singing inmates like Leadbelly and Merle Haggard to live performances from Johnny Cash at San Quentin and B.B. King at Cook County Jail.

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

In this special program, we visit Angola, the notorious plantation-turned-penitentiary, to hear stories and songs from within the prison's walls. We talk with saxophonist Charles Neville about serving time at the "Farm" during the Jim Crow era, playing with fellow inmates in the Nic Nacs, and the role of music in integrating prison life. We hear previously unreleased Harry Oster field recordings of Mardi Gras Indian chants and bebop jazz from Angola in the late-50s. And we go on-site for interviews and performances with contemporary Angola musicians. Plus, we explore the popular tradition of prison music from singing inmates like Leadbelly and Merle Haggard to live performances from Johnny Cash at San Quentin and B.B. King at Cook County Jail. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

NEA HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT 2015

Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented the fellowships - America's most prestigious award for folk & traditional arts. We'll hear music and conversation from Fellows in years gone by, like Doc Watson, Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Ralph Stanley, B.B. King, Flaco Jimenez and New Orleans' own Treme Brass Band. Then we present the 2015 Fellows, many performing live from the stage at George Washington University, including the Gee's Bend quilters, a circus aerialist, Piedmont bluesman, klezmer musicians, mariachis and more.

THANKSGIVING WITH THE NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS

Each year, American Routes celebrates the long Thanksgiving weekend with a sonic cornucopia from the National Heritage Fellows. Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented the fellowships - America's most prestigious award for folk & traditional arts. We'll hear music and conversation from Fellows in years gone by, like Doc Watson, Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Ralph Stanley, B.B. King, Flaco Jimenez and New Orleans' own Treme Brass Band. Then we present the 2015 Fellows, many performing live from the stage at George Washington University, including the Gee's Bend quilters, a circus aerialist, Piedmont bluesman, klezmer musicians, mariachis and more.

NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT AND CELEBRATION

Live from the Nation's Capital, it's the 2009 National Heritage Fellowship Concert. Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes citizens for their contributions to our nation's traditional arts. We'll hear from this year's honorees, including zydeco's Queen Ida, the gospel group The Birmingham Sunlights and Puerto Rican cuatro genius Edwin Colon Zayas. Plus visits with an array of previous National Heritage Fellows, from B.B. King to Earl Scruggs.

MILLENIUM / ARTISTS' PICKS

Time to ring in a new century by examining the past one. For the big Y2K, we'll reel in the years with our favorite artists' favorite songs of the millennium. Travel through the past thousand years of music with personal requests from many of our party guests including: Randy Newman, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Tito Puente, Gillian Welch, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and more!

HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

Travel down Highway 61 in a conversation with blues legend B.B. King. Plus variations on "St. Louis Blues," and music from Eartha Kitt, Little Feat, Miles Davis, and Robbie Robertson.

HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

Our Highway 61 feature continues with blues legend B.B. King. With variations on "St. Louis Blues," and music from Eartha Kitt, Little Feat, Miles Davis, and Robbie Robertson.

FROM THE SHOW: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

From the show "Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond " originally aired on January 17th, 2018

FROM THE SHOW: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

From the show "Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond " originally aired on January 17th, 2018

FROM THE SHOW: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

From the show "Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond " originally aired on September 27th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, SHINE A LIGHT ON ME: PRISON MUSIC FROM ANGOLA, LOUISIANA & BEYOND

From the show "Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond " originally aired on September 27th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: MOTHER'S DAY

From the show "Mother's Day" originally aired on May 10th, 2017

FROM THE SHOW: NEA HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT 2015

From the show "NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015" originally aired on May 25th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: NEA HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT 2015

From the show "NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015" originally aired on May 25th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: NEA HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT 2015

From the show "NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015" originally aired on May 25th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: MOTHER'S DAY

From the show "Mother's Day" originally aired on May 4th, 2016

FROM THE SHOW: THANKSGIVING WITH THE NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS

From the show "Thanksgiving with the National Heritage Fellows" originally aired on November 25th, 2015

FROM THE SHOW: THANKSGIVING WITH THE NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS

From the show "Thanksgiving with the National Heritage Fellows" originally aired on November 25th, 2015

FROM THE SHOW: THANKSGIVING WITH THE NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS

From the show "Thanksgiving with the National Heritage Fellows" originally aired on November 25th, 2015

FROM THE SHOW: WORDS TO THE WISE: LORETTA LYNN, BILL KIRCHEN & LES FRERES MICHOT

From the show "Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot" originally aired on December 11th, 2013

FROM THE SHOW: NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS CONCERT

From the show "NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert" originally aired on November 27th, 2013

FROM THE SHOW: NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS CONCERT

From the show "NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert" originally aired on November 27th, 2013

FROM THE SHOW: NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIPS CONCERT

From the show "NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert" originally aired on November 27th, 2013

FROM THE SHOW: MOTHER'S DAY

From the show "Mother's Day" originally aired on May 9th, 2012

FROM THE SHOW: WORDS TO THE WISE: LORETTA LYNN, BILL KIRCHEN & LES FRERES MICHOT

From the show "Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot" originally aired on December 14th, 2011

FROM THE SHOW: MOTHER'S DAY WITH MARTY STUART

From the show "Mother's Day with Marty Stuart" originally aired on May 4th, 2011

FROM THE SHOW: WORDS TO THE WISE: LORETTA LYNN, BILL KIRCHEN & LES FRERES MICHOT

From the show "Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot" originally aired on January 5th, 2011

FROM THE SHOW: WORDS TO THE WISE: LORETTA LYNN, BILL KIRCHEN & LES FRERES MICHOT

From the show "Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot" originally aired on June 2nd, 2010

FROM THE SHOW: NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT AND CELEBRATION

From the show "National Heritage Fellowship Concert and Celebration" originally aired on December 23rd, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP CONCERT AND CELEBRATION

From the show "National Heritage Fellowship Concert and Celebration" originally aired on December 23rd, 2009

FROM THE SHOW: FALL - PHAROAH SANDERS

From the show "Fall - Pharoah Sanders" originally aired on September 23rd, 1998

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH JAMES COTTON

From the show "Highway 61 with James Cotton" originally aired on September 16th, 1998

FROM THE SHOW: FALL - PHAROAH SANDERS

From the show "Fall - Pharoah Sanders" originally aired on September 29th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

From the show "Highway 61 with B.B. King" originally aired on August 18th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

From the show "Highway 61 with B.B. King" originally aired on August 18th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

From the show "Highway 61 with B.B. King" originally aired on January 27th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH B.B. KING

From the show "Highway 61 with B.B. King" originally aired on January 27th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: HIGHWAY 61 WITH JAMES COTTON

From the show "Highway 61 with James Cotton" originally aired on January 20th, 1999

FROM THE SHOW: CRAFTING SOUND

From the show "Crafting Sound" originally aired on April 17th, 2002

FROM THE SHOW: DAMN RIGHT... MUDDY AND BUDDY GOT THE BLUES!

From the show "Damn Right... Muddy and Buddy Got the Blues!" originally aired on June 4th, 2003

FROM THE SHOW: CRAFTING SOUND

From the show "Crafting Sound" originally aired on March 12th, 2003

FROM THE SHOW: DAMN RIGHT... MUDDY AND BUDDY GOT THE BLUES!

From the show "Damn Right... Muddy and Buddy Got the Blues!" originally aired on March 3rd, 2004

FROM THE SHOW: CRAFTING SOUND

From the show "Crafting Sound" originally aired on January 21st, 2004

FROM THE SHOW: VISIONS OF GENIUS: REMEMBERING RAY CHARLES

From the show "Visions of Genius: Remembering Ray Charles" originally aired on June 29th, 2005

FROM THE SHOW: DAMN RIGHT... MUDDY AND BUDDY GOT THE BLUES!

From the show "Damn Right... Muddy and Buddy Got the Blues!" originally aired on April 13th, 2005

FROM THE SHOW: VISIONS OF GENIUS: REMEMBERING RAY CHARLES

From the show "Visions of Genius: Remembering Ray Charles" originally aired on June 28th, 2006