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Angola Bound Revisted: Prison Music of Louisiana

April 21st, 2016 ~ American Routes Host Nick Spitzer will moderate a symposium on Prison Music from Louisiana at The Louisiana State Penitentiary
—- Rescheduled for June 10th

Angola Bound Revisited: Prison Music of Louisiana is an overview of the historical development of music by prison inmates and features live performances by guest musician, Charles Neville, several Angola Bands and the Final Mission Band from Dixon Correctional Center. Panel discussions will focus on Leadbelly’s experiences at Angola during the 1930s and music collected at Angola by Dr. Harry Oster in the late 1950s which includes bluesmen, Robert Pete Williams, and Hogman Maxey. Panel participants include current and former prison musicians. Charles Neville of New Orleans’ Neville Brothers, Adam Machado of Arhoolie Records (currently editing the Oster collection), and Dr. Benjamin Harbert, Georgetown University, Director of Follow Me Down (a film about music from three Louisiana prisons) will participate. In addition to the symposium a prison music exhibit will be displayed at the museum and features newly discovered historical images and songs of prisoner performers and stories and images of Freddie Fender. Made possible by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The symposium is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Box lunches will be available for a fee. For additional information visit Angola Museum Facebook page, angolamuseum.org or contact Dr. Marianne Fisher-Giorlando mariannegsu@gmail.com

American Routes: Songs and Stories from the Road

February 12th, 2016 ~

American Routes is celebrating its 12th anniversary on the air with the release of American Routes: Songs and Stories From the Road, a double CD collection of favorite interviews and stories from a decade of programs. From mambo kings and country sweethearts to cool pianomen and sidewalk steppers, you’ll find the iconic mix of voices and music you hear each week on American Routes. East Coast songmen Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller reminisce about their years as songwriters for Elvis and others. Dolly Parton shares her love of east Tennessee while Tom Waits talks about his various inspirations, including his kids’ toys. Young Cajun band Feufollet explains why Cajun music is cool despite what their friends think. Many of the interviews on Songs and Stories capture the voices of beloved musicians who have passed on, including Jerry Garcia, Rufus Thomas, Tito Puente and Nina Simone. Join us as we visit the Antique Radio Museum in St. Louis. Spend a day at Sea Breeze, North Carolina, to learn about the origins of beach music. Then, we’ll jump with the Treme Sidewalk Steppers and Rebirth Brass Band for a post-Katrina second line.

After starting back in 1998 broadcasting on only 7 stations, American Routes is now heard by nearly 400,000 listeners on 195 outlets across the country. With 10 years of programs in the archive, it was a challenge to choose from the many interviews we’ve done over the years. And with exciting programs to come, we look forward to even more miles with the radio turned up. For more information on American Routes: Songs and Stories From the Road, click here!