April 30th, 2014

Doo-Wop Voices: Aaron Neville and Kenny Vance

 

Join American Routes on the street corner for some "shang-a-langs" and "do-wop de waddas" from the past and the present. Confused? Listen in to our conversation with New Orleans' own Aaron Neville about his recent album of '50s classics, including his take on the harmonizing genre. Then we visit with Brooklyn-bred Kenny Vance, founding member of Jay and the Americans, to talk mechanics and art of the doo-wop sound. You'll be "shama-lama ding dong"-ing in no time!

 

May 7th, 2014

The Art of Music: Richie Havens, Peter Max & Hatch Show Print

 

American Routes delves into the colorful convergence of art and music…from artist musicians, to painterly album covers and audacious poster art. Richie Havens was one such artist turned musician. We'll learn about his tenure as a Greenwich Village portraitist and his legendary opening act at Woodstock. Then conversation with artist Peter Max, known for his pop-art colors, cosmic subjects and iconic album covers. And a visit to Nashville's Hatch Show Print, who printed posters for musicians from Bessie Smith to Johnny Cash, for a primer on the art of letterpress.

 

May 14th, 2014

John Sebastian & Bonsoir Catin

 

This week, on American Routes, we travel from the Village to the dancehall. John Sebastian talks about his childhood in Greenwich Village, encounters with blues greats Mississippi John Hurt and Lighting Hopkins, and the musical stew he created with his band The Lovin' Spoonful. Then, a conversation with Kristi Guillory and Christine Balfa of the cajun band Bonsoir Catin about carrying on their musical heritage for the next generation.