Alabama Bound


August 11th, 2010 ~ American Routes takes a trip through the music of the Yellowhammer State--Alabama. Visit the Muscle Shoals Sound studio and find out what's in the water around "the Shoals" to make it a historic hotbed for R&B hits by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and more. Also, a trip through Hank Williams' childhood home in Georgiana, and the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence. And music from Shelby Lynne, the Birmingham Sunlights and the Delmore Brothers.

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  • Open Bed: Sweet Home Alabama Mark Thornton
    Bluegrass Then and Now 25th Anniversary, CMH
  • Old Alabama B.B. and Group
    Prison Songs Vol. 1: Murderous Home, Rounder
  • The Last Words of Copernicus Sacred Harp Singers
    Southern Journey Vol.1: Voices from the South, Rounder
  • Alabama The Louvin Brothers
    The Louvin Brothers: Tragic Songs of Life, Capitol
  • Alabam Cowboy Copas
    30 Country Hits: History of Country Music, Gusto
  • When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabama Jubilaires
    Freedom's Front Door: Music of the Ellis Island Era 1900-1930, Soundies
  • Instrumental: Tuxedo Junction Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
    Masters of Jazz Vol.3: Big Bands of the '30s & '40s, Rhino
  • excerpt of "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round"
    Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama, Folkways
  • Rough and Rocky Road Heavenly Gospel Singers
    Birmingham Quartet Anthology, Clanka Lanka
  • It's Gonna Rain Birmingham Sunlights
    Folk Masters, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Betty's Place Willie King
    I am the Blues, Willie King
  • They Call Me Big Mama Big Mama Thornton
    Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings, MCA
  • Dark End of the Street Dan Penn
    Do Right Man, Proper
  • You Left the Water Running Otis Redding
    The Muscle Shoals Sound, Rhino
  • Instrumental: Dark End of the Street Ry Cooder
    Boomer's Story, Reprise
  • SEGMENT: Muscle Shoals Sound
  • End Bed: Funky Broadway Jimmy Smith
    Walk on the Wild Side, Verve
  • Open Bed: Medley Excelsior Band of Mobile
    Traditional Musics of Alabama, Vol.1, AFA
  • SEGMENT: W.C. Handy Festival
  • Yellow Dog Blues Louis Armstrong
    Plays W.C. Handy, Columbia/ Legacy
  • Stars Fell on Alabama Billy Holiday
    The Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years, Verve
  • Birmingham Randy Newman
    Good Old Boys, Reprise
  • CLIP: Shelby Lynne
    I Am Shelby Lynne, Mercury
  • Instrumental: Fattening Frogs For Snakes Mobile Strugglers
    Mobile Strugglers & Louis James' String Band, American Music
  • Lost Highway Hank Williams
    The Original Singles Collection... Plus, Polygram
  • Montgomery in the Rain Steve Young
    Seven Bridges Road, A&M
  • 72 (this highway's mean) Drive-By Truckers
    Southern Rock Opera, Lost Highway
  • Instrumental: Cold Cold Heart Original Drifting Cowboy Band
    Hank Williams Instrumentals, Landmark
  • SEGMENT: Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum
  • I Saw the Light The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
    I Saw the Light, Liquid 8
  • I'm Going Back To Alabama The Delmore Brothers
    Delmore Brothers, Vol.2: Later Years, JSP
  • Oh, Suzanna Tony Schwartz
    Camptown Races, Tony Schwartz