After the Storm


September 7th, 2005 ~ American Routes host Nick Spitzer takes you in story and song to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nick blends music and commentary that describes the place of storms and floods in the history and culture of the city and region. Featured are classic blues about broken levees and broken hearts, celebratory jazz funerals and memories of the city in song. Artists include Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino and Randy Newman, among others. Also tales of hurricanes past in Cajun music and a visit with the leader of a Cajun rescue flotilla, Lafayette, LA public radio station manager Dave Spizale.

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  • Open Bed: Minor Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes recording,
  • Louisiana 1927 Randy Newman
    Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1, Nonesuch
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen Mahalia Jackson
    Essential Mahalia Jackson, Sony
  • Down by the Riverside Snooks Eaglin
    Country Boy in New Orleans, Arhoolie
  • When the Levee Breaks Memphis Minnie
    Memphis Minnie: Queen of the Blues, Columbia
  • It's Raining Irma Thomas
    Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans: The Irma Thomas Collection, Razor & Tie
  • Rainin' in My Heart Slim Harpo
    Raining in My Heart, Excello
  • Instrumental: Mes Enfants/My Children Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
    Happytown, Rounder
  • INTERVIEW: Dave Spizale
  • River's Gonna Go Gator Beat
    River's Gonna Go, Globe
  • Higher Ground Stevie Wonder
    Innervisions, Motown
  • To the River Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • Rivers of Babylon Melodians
    The Harder They Come, Island
  • Dear Old Southland Dr. John
    N'Awlinz Dis Dat or D'udda, Blue Note
  • The Lost Souls (Of Southern Louisiana) Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do For the Rest of Your Life, Columbia
  • End Bed: Minor Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes recording,
  • Blue Horizon Sidney Bechet
    Blue Horizon: The Sidney Bechet Story, Proper
  • Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven
  • Back Water Blues Bessie Smith
    The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3, Columbia/Legacy
  • Stormy Weather Phil Phillips
    Eddie's House of Hits: The Story of Goldband Records, Ace
  • Louisiana Percy Mayfield
    Creole Kings of New Orleans, Specialty
  • Instrumental: L'Ouragon Beausoleil
    La Danse de la Vie, Rhino
  • L'annee de Cinquante Sept Alex Broussard
    The Best of La Louisiane Records, La Louisiane
  • Grand Chenier Bluerunners
    Le Grand Bleu, Louisiana Red Hot
  • Hurricane Bobby and the Rockers
    Can't Stop Rockin', Bobby and the Rockers
  • The Lakes of the Ponchartrain Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers
    Bayou Bluegrass, Arhoolie
  • Box of Rain Grateful Dead
    American Beauty, Warner Brothers
  • Instrumental: Blues in My Sleep James Cotton
    Deep in the Blues, Verve
  • Hurricanes Carla and Esther Lightnin' Hopkins
    Po' Lightnin', Arhoolie
  • Born on the Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Bayou Country, Fantasy
  • Death Letter Cassandra Wilson
    New Moon Daughter, Blue Note
  • When the Saints Go Marching In Helen Humes
    2005 Southern Music CD, Oxford American
  • Walking to New Orleans Fats Domino
    The Best of Fats Domino, EMI
  • Louisiana 1927 Randy Newman
    Good Old Boys, Warner Bros.
  • End Bed: Down by the Riverside Sam Morgan's Jazz Band
    Recorded in New Orleans, 1925-1928, Jazz Oracle