Words & Music II


November 27th, 2002 ~ American Routes offers a sequel to our popular "Words and Music" show, paying special attention to great lyricists and story songs, as well as figures who've blurred the lines between literature and music. One of those is Steve Earle. When he isn't busy stirring up the alt-country world with newsworthy albums like his latest "Jerusalem," Earle spends time in Ireland writing short stories and haikus. We'll also speak with African-American songwriter, poet, and radio host Oscar Brown Jr., and hear the potent and playful words of Mose Allison, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, and the story behind that most American phrase: "Doo Wah Diddy."

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  • Open Bed: Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
    Cantaloupe Island, Blue Note
  • Too Marvelous For Words Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday, Lady In Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years, Verve
  • I'm Not Talking Mose Allison
    Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology, Rhino
  • Tramp Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
    Otis! The Definitive, Rhino
  • You Talk Too Much Canned Heat & Johnny Lee Hooker
    The Best of Hooker 'N Heat, EMI
  • Stutterin' Cindy Charlie Feathers
    Uh-Huh Honey, Norton
  • Instrumental: Doo Doo Doo Money Mark
    Change Is Coming, Emperor Norton
  • Diddy Wa Diddy John Jackson
    Country Blues & Ditties, Arhoolie
  • Diddy Wah Diddy Bo Diddley
    Bo Diddley, MCA
  • Do Wah Diddy The Jelly Beans
    The Red Bird Story, Charly
  • INTERVIEW: Oscar Brown Jr.
  • Instrumental: Watermelon Man Arthur Lyman
    Sonic Sixties, Rykodisc
  • Pick A Bale of Cotton Leadbelly
    Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Lead Belly Legacy Vol.1, Folkways
  • Chicago Ramsay Midwood
    Shoot Out At The OK Chinese Restaurant, Vanguard
  • Busted Johnny Cash
    Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Box, Columbia/Legacy
  • Tear Stained Letter Johnny Cash
    American IV: The Man Comes Around, Universal
  • Reno Nevada Richard and Mimi Farina
    Troubadours of the Folk Era Vol.1, Rhino
  • Sweet Tequila Blues Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez
    Let's Leave this Town, Train Wreck
  • Weary Blues Louis Armstrong
    The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Columbia/Legacy
  • The Weary Blues Langston Hughes
    The Voice of Langston Hughes, Folkways
  • Creole Blues Baby Dodds Trio
    Jazz a la Creole, GHB
  • Stardust Django Reinhardt with Coleman Hawkins
    With His American Friends, DRG
  • Blue Skies Dinah Washington
    Blue Skies: The Irving Berlin Songbook, Verve
  • Bury-It-Yourself Time Capsule Ken Nordine
    The Best of Word Jazz Vol.1, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Boop Bop Bing Bash Grant Green
    Retrospective 1961-66, Blue Note
  • Postcard Smoketown Red
  • Walkin' And Talkin' Blues Floyd Dixon
    Complete Aladdin Recordings, Capitol
  • Talkin' Blues Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Talkin' Blues, Island
  • Instrumental: So Ja Sah Monty Alexander
    The Music of Bob Marley, Telarc
  • Talkin' World War III Blues Bob Dylan
    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • You Know the Rest Steve Earle
    El Corazon, Warner Bros.
  • INTERVIEW: Steve Earle
  • Lonesome Valley Estil C. Ball, Lacey Richardson, Orna Ball & Blair Reedy
    Sounds of the South, Atlantic
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain Harry McClintock
    Folk Song America: A 20th Century Revival Box, Sony
  • End Bed: I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow Norman Blake
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Mercury