Jazz/blues pianist/songwriter Mose Allison, who migrated from the Mississippi village of Tippo to Greenwich Village, is a mellow post-Thanksgiving verbal and musical presence as we club-hop across New Orleans from Snug Harbor to the Saturn Bar.
Guitarist, fiddler, vocalist, swingster Gatemouth Brown hails from the rich musical territory along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. A genre-bending, oil-patch bluesman who loves country and Cajun music as much as jazz, he offers his tart opinions of life and art between puffs on that pungent pipe of his. Non-smokers have no fear, the show is not offered with “smellaround sound,” but is does come with a music mix well-suited to Gatemouth’s eclectic sartorial taste for Hawai’an shirts and cowboy hats.
Music from as many great radio formats as we can find. Plus a visit with gospel host Sister Pearlie Tolliver, Monroe, Louisiana’s “Queen of the Dial.” Followed by New Orleans’ DJ Billy Delle, the man who loves scratchy 45s to death on his show called “Records from the Crypt.”
American Routes converses with the killer himself at his ranch in Nesbit, MS! In the aftermath of a fan frenzy event, it’s a back porch visit with Jerry Lee Lewis, the undisputed king of country boogie piano, about his historic bad-boy antics and his place in the history of rock and roll. Plus music that influenced Jerry Lee from his Delta boyhood in Ferriday Louisiana to his golden piano throne at Memphis Sun Records. Included are other great piano players like Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Moon Mullican and Ray Charles, as well as an original blues version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by Big Maybelle. Also avant piano sounds from Thelonius Monk and Medeski, Martin and Wood, and a tribute to the late king of zydeco nouveau accordion, Beau Jocque.
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