Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot


January 5th, 2011 ~ This week on American Routes we're sharing some words of wisdom. Loretta Lynn blazed a trail through the male-dominated world of country music, bringing her experience as a mother and wife to songwriting and challenging stereotypes along the way. We'll hear about her journey from the hills of Butcher Hollow to the studios of Music City. Rockabilly guitarist and singer Bill Kirchen might be best known for his time in Commander Cody's band, and his hot licks on "Hot Rod Lincoln," but we'll learn more about the man called the "Titan of the Telecaster," who won't be pegged by genres. Then we'll stop for a few environmentally sound Cajun tunes and visit with a band of brothers, Les Freres Michot.

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  • Open Bed: T-Bone Rag Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
    Swing West! Vol.2: Guitar Slingers , Razor & Tie
  • Memphis Chuck Berry
    The Chess Blues-Rock Songbook, MCA
  • Operator Grateful Dead
    American Beauty, Warner
  • Call Operator 210 Floyd Dixon
    His Complete Aladdin Recordings, Capitol
  • George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues Drive-By Truckers
    The Fine Print, New West
  • As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone Loretta Lynn with Conway Twitty
    Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection, MCA
  • Instrumental: My Old Kentucky Home Merle Travis
    Walkin' the Strings, Capitol
  • SEGMENT: Loretta Lynn
  • Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
    Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection, MCA
  • Telephone Girl Doc Watson and David Holt
    Legacy, High Windy
  • Ring, Telephone, Ring The Ink Spots
    The Anthology, MCA
  • Instrumental: Elmira St. Boogie Danny Gatton
    Hot Rod Guitar: the Danny Gatton Anthology, Rhino
  • Long Distance Call Muddy Waters
    His Best 1947 to 1955, MCA
  • Call Before You Go Home Memphis Slim
    The Come Back, Delmark
  • Telephone Won't Ring Boozoo Chavis
    The Lake Charles Atomic Bomb, Rounder
  • Talk to Me Baby Elmore James
    King of the Slide Guitar, Capricorn
  • He'll Have to Go Ry Cooder with Flaco Jimenez
    Chicken Skin Music, Reprise
  • 842-3089 (Call My Name) Etta James
    The Essential Etta James, MCA
  • 634-5789 (Soulsville USA) Wilson Pickett
    The Definitive Collection, Atlantic
  • End Bed: Tipitina Allen Toussaint
    American Routes original recording,
  • Open Bed: Honky Tonk - Pt.1 Bill Doggett
    Rites of Rhythm & Blues Volume Two, Motown
  • Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams, Mercury
  • Honky-Tonk Man Johnny Horton
    1956-1960, Bear Family
  • SEGMENT: Bill Kirchen
  • Hot Rod Lincoln Bill Kirchen
    Hot Rod Lincoln - Live!, Hightone
  • Instrumental: Last Date Floyd Kramer
    RCA Country Legends, Buddha
  • My Last Date (With You) Skeeter Davis
    RCA Country Legends: Skeeter Davis, Buddha
  • I'm Leavin' Solomon Burke
    Nothing's Impossible, El Music
  • Who Will the Next Fool Be Charlie Rich
    The Sun Years 1958-1962, Bear Family
  • Be Careful With a Fool B.B. King
    The RPM Hits: 1951-1957, Ace
  • Go on Fool Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • Now I Know Jimmy Donley
    The Shape You Left Me In, Bear Family
  • Faut Pas tu Brailles Lost Bayou Ramblers
    Bayou Perdu, Swallow
  • Instrumental: Calloway Ricky Skaggs
    Solo: Songs My Dad Loved, Skaggs Family
  • SEGMENT: The Michot Brothers
  • Swimming Song Vetiver
    Thing of the Past, Gnommonsong
  • Stars on the Water Rodney Crowell
    Rodney Crowell, Warner
  • End Bed: Frog Legs Clifton Chenier
    Bon Ton Roulet, Arhoolie