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DAVE ALVIN

This week, singer/songwriter Dave Alvin visits with us at his home in Los Angeles. Plus music from Big Joe Turner, Bill Evans, Rosetta Tharpe, and Philip Glass.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA & ULALI

Beat the heat with the gospel shouts of the Blind Boys of Alabama! The five octegenarian singers talk about the deep faith that keeps the music going. Plus the unique harmonies of Native American trio Ulali, and a tribute to the late zydeco accordionist Boozoo Chavis.

OLU DARA

Jazz and bluesman Olu Dara takes us from Natchez, Mississippi to New York City. We’ll ride the Southern Crescent overnight, and listen to music about railroading from Duke Ellington, Doc Watson, Muddy Waters and Steve Reich.

DUOS WITH CEPHAS & WIGGINS / HENRY BUTLER & COREY HARRIS

American Routes shows that two heads, voices, guitars, banjos, or horns can be better than one. Guests include the venerable Piedmont blues pair Cephas and Wiggins, and New Orleans collaborators Henry Butler and Corey Harris. We’ll also hear great singing and composing duos: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Lester Young and Oscar Peterson, and Lennon and McCartney.

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