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November 16th, 2005 ~ Music as literature... a concept explored by songwriter, singer and guitarist Laura Cantrell who joins us to talk about her picaresque journey from Nashville to New York. And writer, cultural critic and Boston Boy Nat Hentoff recalls his famous associations from Charles Mingus to Billie Holiday and why Charlie Parker loved country music. Plus Delhi, LA soul man Toussaint McCall talks about the writing of his magnum opus "Nothing Takes the Place of You." Country, jazz, blues, R&B and more come together for this hardcover edition of American Routes.

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  • I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter Lionel Ferbos & John Robichaux
    Lars Edegran Presents Lionel Ferbos and John Robichaux, GHB
  • Write Me a Few of Your Lines Fred McDowell
    The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Arhoolie
  • Mailman, Mailman Sonny "Golden Boy" Williamson
    Shreveport Stomp: Ram Records Vol. 1, Ace
  • Instrumental: Dub Latina Calexico
    Feast of Wire, Quarterstick
  • Tragedia de los Cargadores Frank Cantu with Conjunto Topo Chico
    The Roots of the Narcocorrido, Arhoolie
  • I've Written So Many Tunes Spade Cooley and the Western Swing Dance Gang
    Shame On You, Bloodshot
  • Shame On You Spade Cooley and the Western Swing Dance Gang
    Shame On You, Bloodshot
  • Shame On You Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Bear Family
  • Shame Randy Newman
    Bad Love, Dreamworks
  • Mack the Knife Lotte Lenya and Louis Armstrong
    Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill, Sony
  • Jonah and the Whale Louis Armstrong
    Louis and the Good Book, MCA
  • (Open Up the Book) Take a Look Ferlin Husky
    Vintage Collections, Capitol Vintage
  • Instrumental: Travelin’ Chet Atkins
    The Essential Chet Atkins, RCA
  • Angel from Montgomery John Prine
    Souvenirs, Oh Boy!
  • Poor Ellen Smith Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks
    Columbia Country Classics, Vol. 1, Columbia
  • INTERVIEW: Laura Cantrell
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  • Open Bed: I Could Write a Book The Miles Davis Quintet
    Relaxin' With Miles, Prestige
  • I Could Write a Book Sarah Vaughan
    You're Mine You, Roulette
  • Writing on Rocks Across the USA Terry Allen
    Juarez, Sugar Hill
  • Book of Love The Monotones
    Chess Rhythm & Roll, MCA/Chess
  • INTERVIEW: Toussaint McCall
  • Nothing Takes the Place of You Toussaint McCall
    Nothing Takes the Place of You: The Ronn Recordings,
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones
    Super Hits, Epic
  • Stand By Your Man Candi Staton
    Candi Staton, Capitol
  • Stand By Your Man Johnny Gimble
    Hits of Western Swing, CMH
  • Drunkard's Waltz Belton Richard
    The Essential Belton Richard Cajun Music Collection, Swallow
  • The Letter Johnny Walker Read Asleep at the Wheel
    Texas Gold, Capitol
  • Quiet Whiskey Wynonie Harris
    Bloodshot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris, Rhino
  • How to Write Folk and Western Music Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams, Mercury
  • My Bucket's Got a Hole in It Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams, Mercury
  • My Bucket's Got a Hole in It Jimmy Rushing
    Five Feet of Soul, Roulette
  • Daddling Jay McShann
    Some Blues, Chiaroscuro
  • INTERVIEW: Nat Hentoff
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  • Gary's Notebook Lee Morgan
    The Sidewinder, Blue Note
  • End Bed: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter Fats Waller
    The Centennial Collection, BMG