Labor Day


September 2nd, 2009 ~ Relax and celebrate work and the music it has inspired on this Labor Day edition of American Routes. Worldly blues man and one-time farmhand Taj Mahal talks about tilling the soil as well as plowing through musical boundaries. The late oral historian and radioman Studs Terkel discusses work in America and his own labors over the decades. And New Orleans tinsmith and trumpeter Lionel Ferbos recalls balancing two careers. You'll also hear a work-related music mix including Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nina Simone, Roy Orbison and many more.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Blue Monday Fats Domino
    Out of New Orleans , Bear Family
  • Workin' Man Blues Jerry Lee Lewis
    Killer Country , Mercury
  • Cakewalk into Town Taj Mahal
    Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff , CBS
  • Got Me A New Love Thing James Andrews
    Satchmo of the Ghetto , NYNO
  • Labor Day Lord Invader
    Calypso in New York , Folkways
  • Instrumental: Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine Taj Mahal
    Natch'l Blues , Columbia
  • INTERVIEW: Taj Mahal
  • Je Suis en Recolteur (I'm A Farmer) Clifton Chenier
    Bogalusa Boogie , Arhoolie
  • Sixteen Tons Johnnie Taylor
    Lifetime , Stax
  • Instrumental: Can't Be Still Booker T & the MGs
    The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968 , Atlantic
  • Lining Track Leadbelly
    Sings Folk Songs , Folkways
  • Temp 'Em Up Solid Ry Cooder
    Paradise and Lunch , Warner
  • SEGMENT: Lionel Ferbos
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Sings Gershwin , Decca
  • Work Song Grant Green
    2 By 5: Guitar Jazz , 32 Jazz
  • Five O'Clock Whistle Duke Ellington
    Centennial Edition: Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1927-1973 , RCA
  • I'm Not Going To Work Today Clyde McPhatter
    A Shot of Rhythm and Blues , Sundazed
  • Bertha Roosevelt Charles, Rev. Rogers and Big Louisiana
    Louisiana Prison Worksongs , Arhoolie
  • Chain Gang The Persuasions
    We Came To Play , Capitol
  • Work Song Nina Simone
    Anthology: The Colpix Years , Rhino
  • The Peanut Vendor Billie and De De Pierce
    Gulf Coast Blues , Arhoolie
  • Okra Olu Dara
    In The World: From Natchez To New York , Atlantic
  • Instrumental: The Work Song Arthur Lyman
    Sonic Sixties , Ryko
  • Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No.8) Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman , Bear Family
  • Erie Canal Suzanne Vega
    Freedom: Songs from the Hearts of America , Columbia
  • Factory Girl Rolling Stones
    Beggar's Banquet , ABKCO
  • I've Been Working Van Morrison
    His Band And The Street Choir , Warner
  • Workin' for the Man Roy Orbison
    For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits , Rhino
  • Instrumental: Nice Work If You Can Get It Art Tatum
    The Definitive Art Tatum , BlueNote
  • INTERVIEW: Studs Terkel
  • Hallelujah, I'm a Bum Fats Waller
    Fine Arabian Stuff , High Note
  • Blues for Everybody Champion Jack Dupuree
    Blues for Everybody , Charly
  • I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (and See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue) Tom Waits
    Small Change , Asylum
  • End Bed: Work Song Charles Mingus
    The Complete Debut Recordings Vol.3 , Debut