Swingin' the Election: Music & Politics 2012


October 31st, 2012 ~ Every four years American Routes checks out songs and soundbites about politics and electioneering from both sides of the aisle. Hear the late WV Senator Robert Byrd on his fiddle playing as an instrument of political persuasion, and the same approach of Cajun office seeker Roland Cheramie from Louisiana bayou country--he goes door-to-door fiddling for votes. Hungarian ambassador to the US, Andras Simonyi, talks about the role of rock in lifting the Iron Curtain. The buttoned-down Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia was once a disco DJ, while Indiana's Andy Ruff uses honky-tonk to support his anti-highway building campaign.

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  • Open Bed: Stars and Stripes Forever Eubie Blake
    The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake, Columbia
  • The Times They Are A-Changin' Bob Dylan
    The Times They Are A-Changin', Columbia
  • Political World Carolina Chocolate Drops
    Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, Amnesty International
  • Long Walk to DC Staple Singers
    Soul Folk In Action, Stax
  • The Wall Street Part of Town Ry Cooder
    Election Special, Nonesuch
  • (Jesus Hits Like the) Atom Bomb Blind Boys of Alabama
    Atom Bomb, Real World
  • Political Science Randy Newman
    Sail Away, Reprise
  • Instrumental: Stars and Stripes Forever - Sweethearts Kalima Brothers
    Legends of the Ukulele, Rhino
  • Take the Star Out of the Window John Prine
    Diamonds in the Rough, Atlantic
  • Mama Bake a Pie Drive By Truckers
    The Fine Print, New West
  • SEGMENT: Senator Robert Byrd
  • Guitar Pickin' President Jimmy Martin
    Jimmy Martin: 1954-1974, Bear Family
  • Franklin Roosevelt's Back Again Cox Brothers
    Old Time Southern Dance Music, Old Timey
  • SEGMENT: Roland Cheramie
  • Instrumental: Washington Post March Bill Frisell
    Have a Little Faith, Nonesuch/ Elektra
  • SEGMENT: Andras Simonyi
  • Rockin' Behind the Iron Curtain Bobby Marchan
    Clown Jewels – The Ace Masters 1956-75, Westside
  • Back in the USSR The Beatles
    The Beatles, Apple
  • US Blues Grateful Dead
    Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel, GDM
  • End Bed: The Stars and Stripes Forever Tom McDermott
    Louisianthology, STD Digital
  • Open Bed: Happy Days Are Here Again Casa Loma Orchestra
    Songs of the Depression, Bear Family
  • Jump for Joy Duke Ellington
    Centennial Edition, RCA
  • Roosevelt in Trinidad The Atilla
    Roosevelt in Trinidad, Rounder
  • "The only thing we have to fear..." Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    20th Century Time Capsule, Buddha
  • No Depression Carter Family
    In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, Bear Family
  • Hard Times Come Again No More Johnny Cash
    Unearthed, American
  • SEGMENT: Andy Ruff
  • Instrumental: Stars and Stripes Forever Star Spangled Band
    Red, White & Bluegrass, CMH
  • I Pity the Poor Immigrant Marion Williams
    The New Message, Atlantic
  • Across the Borderline Flaco Jimenez featuring John Hiatt
    Partners, Reprise
  • Soy Mexico Americano Los Cenzontles
    Raza de Oro, Cenzontles
  • Only in America Jay and the Americans
    God Bless the USA, MCA
  • One Time One Night Los Lobos
    Just Another Band from East L.A.: A Collection, Warner
  • Instrumental: The Beautiful American Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong
    The Great Summit/ The Masters Takes, Blue Note
  • SEGMENT: Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Yes We Can Lee Dorsey
    The Masters, Eagle
  • My Country Randy Newman
    Bad Love, Dreamworks
  • America the Beautiful Ray Charles
    Ray Charles Sings for America, Rhino
  • End Bed: The House I Live In Sonny Rollins
    Sonny Rollins 1956, Giants of Jazz