Men of Steel and Soul


August 17th, 2011 ~ We're bringing the blues from the clubs to the church this week on American Routes. The Campbell Brothers, from Rochester, NY, are masters of sacred steel. With both pedal and lap steel guitars, they summon the spirit in voice and sound. We'll talk about growing up in the church and playing gospel blues on the guitar. Then, New Orleans bluesman Walter "Wolfman" Washington stops by the American Routes studio for a conversation about his life in the music and in the clubs around town.

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  • Open Bed: Frammin Campbell Brothers
    Can You Feel It?, Ropeadope
  • Golden Gate Gospel Train Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet
    Golden Gate Quartet, PDF
  • Don't Knock Mavis Staples
    You Are Not Alone, Anti
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken John Lee Hooker
    In Person, Collectables
  • Baby Please Don't Go Mississippi Fred McDowell
    I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll, Capitol
  • Jesus Will Fix It For You Sonny Treadway
    Sacred Steel Instrumentals, Arhoolie
  • Revival The Allman Brothers
    Beginnings, Capricorn
  • Instrumental: Don't Let the Devil Ride Sonny Treadway
    Sacred Steel, Arhoolie
  • SEGMENT: The Campbell Brothers
  • Excerpt: Kilohana Sol Hoopi
    Master of the Hawaiian Guitar, Volume One, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Scott Playboys Special Walter Mouton
    Cajun Dance Favorites, Swallow
  • Steel Guitar Rag Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
    Anthology 1935-1973, Rhino
  • CLIP: Don Helms on his favorite Hank Williams Song
  • Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams, Mercury
  • Instrumental: Steelin' the Blues Tom Morrell & the Time-Warp Tophands
    How the West Was Swung Volume VII, No Peddlers Allowed!, WR
  • Cold, Cold Heart Dinah Washington
    Jazz Masters 19, Verve
  • There Must Be a Better World Somewhere Dr. John
    Afterglow, GRP
  • Blue Cee Charles Mingus
    Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961, Atlantic
  • End Bed: A Change is Gonna Come Jack McDuff
    A Change Is Gonna Come / Double Barrelled Soul, Atlantic
  • Open Bed: Down By the River Joe Krown, Russell Batiste, Jr, Walter Wolfman Washington
    Triple Threat, JRK
  • Yes, We Can - Part 1 Lee Dorsey
    Soul Mine: The Greatest Hits & More 1960-1978, Charly
  • Progress Booker T. Jones featuring Yim Yames
    The Road From Memphis, Anti
  • Little Bluebird Johnny Taylor
    The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968, Stax
  • Layin' My Rules in Blues Cousin Joe
    The Complete Recordings 1945-1955, Night Train
  • Blues All Over Eden Brent
    Ain't Got No Troubles, Yellow Dog
  • Instrumental: Slouchin' Lonnie Smith
    Think!, Blue Note
  • Time is on My Side Irma Thomas
    Time is on My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas, EMI
  • Time is on My Side The Rolling Stones
    Big Hits: High Tide and Greed Grass, ABKCO
  • (Oh Why) I Won't Cry Johnny Adams
    I Won't Cry, Rounder
  • Road Block Johnny Adams
    From the Heart, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Walter Wolfman Washington
  • Instrumental: Yeah, You're Right The Meters
    Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology, Rhino
  • Is It Too Late The Tick Tocks
    Gumbo Stew: Original AFO New Orleans R&B, Ace
  • Too Late Art Neville
    Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans '65-'67, Sundazed
  • Sweet Dreams (of You) Patsy Cline
    The Last Sessions, Universals
  • Fly Away With Me Ernie K-Doe
    Here Come the Girls!, Great American Music
  • Real Churchy (with Organ) Allen Toussaint
    The Complete 'Tousan' Sessions, Bear Family
  • Milky White Way Elvis Presley
    His Hand in Mine, RCA
  • End Bed: Blessed Quietness Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir
    Like a Ship, Light in the Attic