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BLUES BORN AND LEARNED: BOBBY RUSH & SONNY LANDRETH

Join us this week as we visit with the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit, Bobby Rush. The singer, songwriter, manager, harmonica player, guitarist and bus driver talks about a life in the blues and breaks down his famous stage show. Mississippi-born, Louisiana-bred guitarist Sonny Landreth drops by for a live set and reveals his special technique with the slide.

FASCINATIN' RHYTHM: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE GERSHWIN

This two hour tribute maps the Route to Genius for this great American composer. We’ll speak with those that know his work and perform his work about Gershwin’s relationship with klezmer and the blues, his work for the stage, and his place in the American soundscape. Plus hear great versions of Gershwin’s enduring tunes in jazz, country, the blues and more.

HUGH MASEKELA & JOSHUA ALLEN

Hugh Masekela sets the record straight on “township bop,” playing Satchmo’s horn, and how he ended up with a million-selling hit that made the South African trumpeter and jazzman a rock star. Join Nick as he visits with Virginia-based Joshua Allen, and listen to Allen demonstrate the ox horn flute.

GUITAR BOSSES: LES PAUL & HONEYBOY EDWARDS

Tune in and pay witness to over 150 years of guitar experience between this week’s nonagenarian guests. Les Paul, the Wizard of Waukesha, talks about his leap from taking up the instrument to inventing the guitar heard ‘round the world that bears his name. And Delta guitarist and walking blues encyclopedia Honeyboy Edwards comes by our studio and remembers Robert Johnson, the 1927 flood, and recording for Alan Lomax along the way.

JOHN PRINE

Join us for a two-hour visit with John Prine as he walks us through his catalog and his life—from urban Illinois backwards to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. For over 35 years the singer and guitarist has written and performed songs which present a slightly off-kilter and darkly humorous look at working class America. We’ll also talk agitprop with the man who wrote Vietnam-era protest songs like “Take the Star Our of the Window” and “Sam Stone,” and environmental broadsides such as “Paradise.” There’s also performances of Prine’s songs by others and more in this two-hour visit with one of America’s leading songwriters.

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