American Routes explores the shared and individual musical threads that contribute to the great diversity of American culture, from blues to Cajun, Tejano to jazz, country to soul and all the stops in between.

Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond

In this special program, we visit Angola, the notorious plantation-turned-penitentiary, to hear stories and songs from within the prison's walls. We talk with saxophonist Charles Neville about serving time at the "Farm" during the Jim Crow era, playing with fellow inmates in the Nic Nacs, and the role of music in integrating prison life. We… read more

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