Celebrate the holiday week as American Routes turns 15! It’s a live show from New Orleans legendary Rock N Bowl club, including soul, funk and R & B heroes Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, James Rivers, Robert “Barefootin’” Parker, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and James Andrews all backed by pianist Jon Cleary and band. Also, the new Cajun rock sound from Lost Bayou Ramblers, and the venerable traditional jazz of the Treme Brass Band. Feel free to dance along with the radio!
This week on American Routes, we’re sharing some words of wisdom. Loretta Lynn blazed a trail through the male-dominated world of country music, bringing her experience as a mother and wife to songwriting and challenging stereotypes along the way. We’ll hear about her journey from the hills of Butcher Hollow to the studios of Music City. Rockabilly guitarist and singer, Bill Kirchen, might be best known for his time in Commander Cody’s band, and his hot licks on “Hot Rod Lincoln.” We’ll learn more about the man called the “Titan of the Telecaster” who won’t be pegged by genres. Then, we’ll stop for a few environmentally sound Cajun tunes and visit with a band of brothers, Les Freres Michot.
Sacred steel guitarist Robert Randolph has gathered together the leading players of the genre for a recent recording, paying tribute to the past, and covering tunes outside the cannon. We’ll speak with him and one of his fellow Slide Brothers, Calvin Cooke. Then a conversation with jazz adventurist Yusef Lateef about his musical mentors and inspirations.