Labor Day


August 29th, 2007 ~ Lay back and take it easy while American Routes totes that barge for you with songs and stories of work on this holiday weekend. We remember Robert Young, better known as Washboard Slim, and learn how a work implement becomes a musical instrument. Plus words and music of French Louisiana from the recent documentary I Always Do My Collars First. And meet some local five o'clock heroes -- the drivers and mechanics that keep the New Orleans streetcars rolling, as well as the men and women that ride them.

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  • Shoe Shiner's Drag Jelly Roll Morton
    Volume 5, 1928 - 1929, Masters of Jazz
  • My Feet Can't Fail Me Now Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Our New Orleans, Nonesuch
  • Rags and Old Iron Nina Simone
    Nina Simone Anthology: The Colpix Years, Rhino
  • The Window Washer Man The Mills Brothers
    The Best of the Decca Years, Decca/MCA
  • Quit My Job The Clowns
    New Orleans Vocal Group Connections, Volume 2, Jax
  • Instrumental: Shoe Shiner's Drag Dirty Dozen Brass Band
    Jelly, Columbia
  • SEGMENT: New Orleans Streetcar
  • Coal Mine Blues Marty Stuart
    Hillbilly Rock, MCA
  • Cumberland Blues Grateful Dead
    Workingman's Dead, Warner Bros.
  • Coal Miner's Blues The Carter Family
    In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, Bear Family
  • Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms George Jones with Melba Montgomery
    She Thinks I Still Care: The George Jones Collection, Razor & Tie
  • Trucker's Cafe Ian & Sylvia
    Long Long Time, Vanguard
  • Instrumental: Low Man on a Totem Pole Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant
    Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, Razor & Tie
  • Typing Jive Alvin & Bill, The Invictors
    Fernwood Hillbillies, Stompertime
  • Secretary Betty Wright
    The Best of Betty Wright, Rhino
  • Business Woman Camille Howard
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 1, Arhoolie
  • I'm the Boss Ernie K-Doe
    Absolutely the Best, Fuel 2000
  • Got Me a New Love Thing James Andrews
    Satchmo of the Ghetto, NYNO
  • End Bed: Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes original recording,
  • Five O'Clock Whistle Duke Ellington
    Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, RCA Victor
  • Please Mr. Foreman Joe-L
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 2, Arhoolie
  • Jive After Five Carl Perkins
    The Classic Carl Perkins, Bear Family
  • Graveyard Shift Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
    The Mountain, E-Squared
  • INTERVIEW: Washboard Slim
  • Je Suis en Recolteur (I'm a Farmer) Clifton Chenier
    Bogalusa Boogie, Arhoolie
  • Hey, Boss Man Jay Stutes
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 1, Arhoolie
  • Instrumental: Cajun Waltz David Doucet
    1957, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: I Always Do My Collars First: a film about ironing
  • Ironing on the Baby Grand Ironing Board Sam
    The Human Touch, Orleans
  • Working Man Long Tall Lester
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 2, Arhoolie
  • Instrumental: Nice Work If You Can Get It Earl Hines
    Jazz in Paris: Pairs One Night Stand, Polygram
  • By the Sweat of My Brow Bill Carter
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 1, Arhoolie
  • Working Girl Linda Gail Lewis
    Work's Many Voices, Vol. 2, Arhoolie
  • When I Get Paid Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classics, Bear Family
  • Blue Monday Randy Newman
    Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, Vanguard
  • Work Song Oscar Peterson
    Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour, Verve