February 4th, 2015

Hard Times and Honky Tonks: Dale Watson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

 

The sounds may seem old but the songs are not. This week on American Routes we visit with a few musicians who are known for crafting modern country music from old-time inspirations. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings share with us how they fit "an electric peg into an acoustic hole." Then conversation with Austin's king of the honky-tonks, Dale Watson, who literally wears his musical inspirations on his sleeve.

 

February 11th, 2015

All the World's a Carnival: Visiting Coney Island & le Carnaval in France and Remembering Bo Dollis

 

Coming soon!

 

February 25th, 2015

Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Country Strings and Jazz Vibes

 

We'll re-visit the moment when the "California long-hairs”" took over a Nashville studio to pay tribute to aging country heroes. A look back at the 1972 LP Will The Circle Be Unbroken with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and his memories of those historic sessions. Then, a conversation with another musician familiar with Nashville, jazz vibraphone master Gary Burton. Plus a visit with Jake Shimabukuro, for whom any genre is a fine match for the ukelele.