December 14th, 2016

Rock and Soul from Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Candi Staton, Sam Phillips and Barbara Sims


This week on American Routes, we talk to Barbara Sims about her time working at Sun Studios as a publicist and promoter, and the search for the next Elvis. Then we dig into the archives for classic interviews with Sun’s founder Sam Phillips, Elvis’ sidemen DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore and the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis. Then we head over to North Alabama for a conversation on love, God and music with soul and disco siren Candi Staton.


December 21st, 2016

A Sonic Season of Light & Evergreens


For Solstice to Christmas and Chanukah to Kwanzaa we’ll spin tunes and tales of of holidays and holy days that bring light to the darkness and greenery to the blues.


December 28th, 2016

"How Many Roads...?" Bob Dylan's Back


As the old year ends and a New Year begins, we’ll hear sources and symbols, words and music from America’s greatest songster and now Nobel Laureate. Guests include longtime friends Mavis Staples and Joan Baez.