Motor City Music of Detroit


August 22nd, 2012 ~ American Routes cruises the musical map of Detroit, catching the sights and sounds of the Motor City. From Hamtramck to Dearborn, we'll meet the proud people who made the cars and played the bars. Jazz modernist Yusef Lateef tells of his time on the assembly line. Smokey Robinson talks about growing up with Motown's future stars. We'll learn how to construct a hit record from Motown studio insiders, then visit a raccoon hunters club, known for bluegrass jams. Plus rockabilly stars, dream cars and polka bands... all from Detroit.

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  • Open Bed: The Huckle-Buck Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers
    The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues, Rhino
  • Motoring Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
    The Best of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas: Motown Milestones, Motown
  • Andre Williams is Moving Andre Williams
    Mr. Rhythm, Regency
  • SEGMENT: The Woodward Dream Cruise
  • Rocket 69 Todd Rhodes and Orchestra
    Risque Rhythm: Nasty '50s R&B, Rhino
  • Henry Ford Invents Detroit Stan Freberg
    Tip of the Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998, Rhino
  • I'm Wild About Horns on Automobiles Fred Hall and His Sugar Babies
    Fred Hall and His Sugar Babies , The Old Masters
  • SEGMENT: The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
  • Instrumental: Ahunk Ahunk Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
    Blue Big Bands: A Swingin' Affair, Blue Note
  • SEGMENT: Smokey Robinson
  • My Guy Mary Wells
    Motown Legends: You Beat Me To the Punch / My Guy, ESX
  • SEGMENT: Tony Newton and McKinley Jackson
  • Instrumental: Radio Gang Serenade Radio Gang
    Radio Gang and Friends, Cady Did
  • Detroit City (I Want to Go Home) John Doe and the Sadies
    Country Club, Yep Roc
  • Greene County, Arkansas The Old South
    Greene County Arkansas, Old Homestead
  • SEGMENT: The Wayne County Raccoon Hunters Club
  • One Piece at a Time Johnny Cash
    The Essential Johnny Cash, Columbia/ Legacy
  • End Bed: Turn It On Sonny Stitt
    Legends of Acid Jazz, Prestige
  • Open Bed: Detroit Blues Willie Williams
    Pepper's Jukebox, Numero
  • SEGMENT: Hamtramck Festival and Big Daddy Lackowski
  • SEGMENT: Johnny Powers
  • Little Latin Lupe Lu Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
    Rev Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Rhino
  • 96 Tears Question Mark and the Mysterians
    More Action, Cavestomp!
  • Instrumental: D.B. Blues Kenny Burrell
    Introducing Kenny Burrell, Blue Note
  • I Love the Way You Look Johnnie Bassett
    The Gentleman is Back, Sly Dog
  • Bags' Groove Milt Jackson
    The Blue Note Years, Blue Note
  • SEGMENT: Yusef Lateef
  • Instrumental: Down to the River James Carter
    In Carterian Fashion, Atlantic
  • Boogie Chillen John Lee Hooker
    Hooker, Shout! Factory
  • Motor City is Burning MC5
    Thunder Express, Jungle
  • SEGMENT: Red's Jazz Shoeshine Parlor
  • How I Got Over Aretha Franklin
    Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings, Rhino
  • Remarks By Reverend C.L. Franklin Reverend C.L. Franklin
    Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings, Rhino
  • Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin
    Spirit in the Dark, Rhino
  • End Bed: Jewell Praise Calvin Cooke
    Heaven, Dare