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American Routes Shortcuts: Rik De Lisle

Jul 14, 2017
Rik De Lisle
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we speak with American G.I. Rik De Lisle, who spun records for Armed Forces Network during the Cold War. He signed up for the military at 17, and in 1978 he was transferred to West Berlin. Rik’s rock broadcast made him a hero, especially among the East German audience who risked punishment to hear the electrifying sounds coming out of the west. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Judy Collins

Jul 7, 2017
Judy Collins
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we speak with folk singer Judy Collins, who recorded songs by contemporaries in Greenwich Village like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell in the 1960s. She gained an appreciation for traditional Irish folk music from her father who was blind and hosted a radio show.

American Routes Shortcuts: Catherine Russell

Jun 23, 2017

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week we feature blues singer Catherine Russell. Her dad was Louis Armstrong’s musical director and her mom was bassist for the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.  Here’s Catherine on her musical upbringing and the canon of female-fronted blues.

American Routes: Trombone Shorty

Jun 16, 2017
Trombone Shorty
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week we talk to New Orleans senior statesmen Trombone Shorty, who began playing music in Treme at age four. Trombone Shorty chose to be a musical journeyman instead of seeking to attend the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Since then, the 31-year-old has brought his distinctive style of New Orleans music all over the world.

American Routes Shortcuts: Jesse Winchester

Jun 2, 2017
Jesse Winchester
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week the late songwriter Jesse Winchester tells of his musical life on the road. Jesse Winchester grew up around Memphis, where he was surrounded by gospel and country music as well as early rhythm & blues and rock & roll radio, sounds that would define his own musical and songwriting style throughout his life. In the early ’60s, he moved to Massachusetts for college and then fled to Quebec to avoid being drafted to Vietnam.

T-Lou
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, our program travels to Los Angeles, where host Nick Spitzer spoke with Creole accordionist T-Lou. He moved from his home in Grand Coteau Louisiana, and made a new one South Central LA.

NS:      Hey,

TL:       Hey, how ya’ll doin?

NS:      Alright, T-Lou!

TL:       How you been?

NS:      Ca va?

TL:       Hey Man

NS:      Parle un petit peu en Creole?

TL:       Oui, oui, un petit peu…

Sonny Rollins
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming show. This week, we celebrate Mothers Day with a montage of musicians, honoring their moms. To hear the full program, tune into WWNO Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6 or listen at americanroutes.org

We’ve got saxophonist Sonny Rollins on the essential support from his mother to persevere in jazz. Also Creole accordionist Geno Delafose tells of Mama coming out to the dance hall. And St. Louis soul singer Fontella Bass telling a tale of trying to take a train out of town, until her mother found out.

Herlin Riley
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we highlight Jazz Fest performers from yesterday and today. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with New Orleans jazz drummer Herlin Riley at his drum kit about playing with pianist Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, and growing up in a musical family in the Lower Ninth Ward.

HR: My uncles had the Lastie Brothers Combo, and they would rehearse at my grandmother’s house - I was a baby, they would actually wheel my crib into the room where they were rehearsing -

Charles Lloyd
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we visit with modern saxophonist Charles Lloyd. He played alongside everyone from Ornette Coleman to the Beach Boys. But before all that, Charles Lloyd discovered his love for the saxophone in the blues, in his hometown of Memphis. To hear the full program, join us Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6 on WWNO, or listen at Americanroutes.org

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, it’s our show, “How many Roads?" Bob Dylan’s Back Pages. Joan Baez sang and recorded many of Bob’s songs of love and loss. She spoke to host Nick Spitzer about her favorite love ballads, Dylan's lyrical writing, and being the subject of songs herself.

NS: I wonder, is there a single love song over the years that most endures for you?

JB: A single love song?

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