We're bringing the blues from the clubs to the church this week on American Routes. The Campbell Brothers, from Rochester, NY, are masters of sacred steel. With both pedal and lap steel guitars, they summon the spirit in voice and sound. We'll talk about growing up in the church and playing gospel blues on the guitar. Then, New Orleans bluesman Walter "Wolfman" Washington stops by the American Routes studio for a conversation about his life in the music and in the clubs around town.
The Llibre Vermell, "The Red Book", is the name given to the 14th century manuscript found in the library of the monastery of Monserrat in Spain. This manuscript is bound in red velvet and contains ten pilgrim songs and dances that probably would have been known by the pilgrims traveling to that monastery in the Middle Ages.
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.
We talk to three soul singers from the formative era of the mid-1950s through Motown of the late '60s, and an all-female New Orleans brass band. Justine "Baby" Washington talks about growing up in Harlem and her hits such as "That's How Heartaches Are Made." Maxine Brown started as teenager in NYC singing with gospel groups.
Altramar, in the Occitan language of the troubadours, was the name given to the Near Eastern land that lay "over the sea," the lands where Crusade and trade resulted in the rich cultural interchange of East and West.
This week on American Routes, we'll talk to folk rocker songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. An advocate for British lyric and music tradition in new settings with refashioned traditional songs and stories, Thompson evolved from playing in the seminal folk-rock band, Fairport Convention, to his present day role as an in-demand guitarist and songwriter.
"Ensemble Für Frühe Musik Augsburg", the great early music ensemble from Augsburg, Germany is featured on this week's Continuum.
This is Part I of a series of programs devoted to the ensembles many CD recordings. Recordings used will be: "Camino de Santiago" - Christophorus CHR 74530, "Melancolia: Tears of the Soul" - Christophorus CHR 77225, and "Neidhart von Reuental" - Christophorus CD 77108.
They are rooted in the quartet singing tradition and a capella harmonies from the turn of the last century. For more than 40 years, The Zion Harmonizers enjoyed an unparalleled platform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, anchoring and curating the Gospel Tent.
In the church of New Orleans jazz, they’ve had the keys to the church of church.
American Routes takes a trip through the music of the Yellowhammer State, Alabama. Visit the Muscle Shoals Sound studio and find out what's in the water around "the Shoals" to make it a historic hotbed for R&B hits by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and more. Also, a trip through Hank Williams' childhood home in Georgiana, and W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence. And music from Shelby Lynne, the Birmingham Sunlights and the Delmore Brothers.