Words and Music


January 9th, 2002 ~ From creation to criticism, American Routes explores the relationship between language and sounds, words and music. Rock and roll originator Chuck Berry, alt country traditionalist Gillian Welch, and New Yorker music writer and novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) give a variety of perspectives on the subject. With a mix of celebrated songwriters, storytellers, and literary heroes in American music.

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  • Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
    His Best Vol. 1, MCA
  • Write Me A Few Lines Mississippi Fred McDowell
    Blues Masters, Vol.7: Blues Revival, Rhino
  • Cold Dog Soup Guy Clark
    Cold Dog Soup, Sugar Hill
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece Emmylou Harris
    Portrait, Reprise
  • She Belongs to Me Bob Dylan
    Bringing It All Back Home, Sony
  • Instrumental: Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz The Black Crowes
    Amorica, American
  • INTERVIEW: Chuck Berry
  • CLIP: from film "Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll"
  • Cadillac Ranch Bruce Springsteen
    The River, Sony
  • CLIP: from film "Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll"
  • Carol Rolling Stones
    England's Newest Hit Makers, ABCKO
  • Instrumental: Under My Thumb Pickin' On The Rolling Stones
    Pickin' On The Rolling Stones, CMH
  • Tongue Tied Jill Charlie Feathers
    Get With It, Revenant
  • My Mumblin' Baby Rudy Green
    The Excello Story, Vol.2, Hip-O
  • Mumbles Clark Terry with Oscar Peterson
    Oscar Peterson Trio + One, Clark Terry, Mercury
  • SEGMENT: Jack Kerouac
    Readings By Jack Kerouac On the Beat Generation, Verve
  • I Could Write a Book Sarah Vaughan & Quincy Jones
    You're Mine You, Capitol
  • It Ain't Necessarily So Eddie ‘Cleanhead' Vinson
    Cleanhead's Back In Town, Rhino
  • Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding
    The Complete Stax/Volt 1959-67, Stax
  • Moses Smote The Water Golden Gate Quartet
    Swing Down, Chariot, Sony
  • Six And Seven Books of Moses Toots and the Maytals
    Time Tough: The Anthology, Island
  • Forgive Them Father Lauryn Hill
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Sony
  • Instrumental: The Sidewinder The Lee Morgan Quintet
    Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz, Blue Note
  • INTERVIEW: Nick Hornby
  • The Man Who Couldn't Cry Johnny Cash
    American Recordings, American
  • Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key Billy Bragg & Wilco
    Mermaid Avenue, Elektra
  • Instrumental: Just Another Sucker On The Vine Tom Waits
    Swordfishtrombones, Island
  • INTERVIEW: Gillian Welch
  • Your Cheatin' Heart Patsy Cline
    The Patsy Cline Collection, MCA
  • The Song is Ended but the Melody Lingers On Dinah Washington
    Great American Songwriters Vol.4: Irving Berlin, Rhino