October 26th, 2016

Hallows & Harvest: American Routes Halloween Special, 2016


It's Halloween... A time of spirit and flesh, tricks and treats. We'll hear from Houma Indian carver and instrument-maker, Ivy Billiot, about rougarou - or werewolves - and the spirit world. Then Bentonia bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes tells us about the devil in daily life. We'll hear songs about murder and mayhem, and beings from beyond the stars... and beyond the grave.


November 2nd, 2016

Ballot Box Blues: Rockin’ the Election, 2016


Coming soon...


November 9th, 2016

Gulf Coast Blues and More: Barbara Lynn & Belton Richard


Tune in for the words and music of two storied artists of the Gulf South. First up, the Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, Barbara Lynn, of Beaumont, Texas. Ms. Lynn recalls her days as the Black Elvis, playing left-handed guitar and penning and recording her own first-person paeans of love lost. Accordion player, Belton Richard talks about bringing his mix of Cajun and country to dancehalls across the region and remembers his swamp pop days with the Musical Aces. Plus two hours of swampy blues, sultry country and more.


November 16th, 2016

Guitar Bosses: Les Paul & Honeyboy Edwards


Tune in and pay witness to over 150 years of guitar experience between this week's nonagenarian guests. Les Paul, the Wizard of Waukesha, talks about his leap from taking up the instrument to inventing the guitar heard 'round the world that bears his name. And Delta guitarist and walking blues encyclopedia Honeyboy Edwards comes by our studio and remembers Robert Johnson, the 1927 flood and recording for Alan Lomax along the way.


November 23rd, 2016

NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2016


Coming soon...


November 30th, 2016

Robbie Robertson / Johnny Otis / Dew Drop Inn


A visit with legendary bandsmen including roots rocker Robbie Robertson and California jazz bandleader Johnny Otis. Robertson was a prime mover behind The Band, who, along with the Grateful Dead and others, defined the image and sound of American rock with folk roots in the 1960s and '70s. Johnny Otis shaped the West Coast jump boogie sound, working with artists such as Jackie Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, and Etta James. Also a trip back in time to the Dew Drop Inn, a halcyon New Orleans nightclub which also served as a hotel, eatery, barber shop and post office. We'll hear about one of the Dew Drop's most infamous characters, female impersonator and R & B singer Patsy Vidalia.