We’ve put away the Mardi Gras decorations, which means it’s time for the Jazz Festival in New Orleans! Tune in this week for some of our favorite Fest music and more. Nick joins the (New Orleans) LA to L.A. piano man Randy Newman for an onstage interview and live set. Then it’s over to the Fais-do-do Stage for a visit with Eunice, Louisiana-born accordion player and singer Geno Delafose. And there’s lots of great, live Jazz Fest music that you might’ve missed the first go-around. Drink plenty of water and don’t forget the sunscreen.
For too long classical and popular music have existed in different worlds, and on this American Routes we’ll take a look at where those worlds have actually collided: how high art music crosses over with the folk, jazz and avant-garde forms. Music from George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, Mark O’Connor and Steve Reich. Plus the adventures of 19th century New Orleans pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. It’s roots with strings on American Routes.
It’s a two-hour tribute in song and story to the Man in Black. We’ll hear from his family, friends and associates on the contradictions—preacher, outlaw, loving family man, rockabilly rebel—that made the man. Voices include Rosanne Cash; son John Carter Cash; sister Joanne Yates; bassist and original member of the Tennessee Two Marshall Grant; guitarist Johnny Western; producer Rick Rubin; long time manager Lou Robin; writer and critic Michael Streissguth; and, of course, Johnny Cash.
This weeks’ American Routes hits the road in story and song. We visit with country singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash about life in a musical family, living in Nashville and her recent release, Black Cadillac. And join Nick as he rides the rails. It’s a trip on the City of New Orleans train with the singer that made it famous, folk hero Arlo Guthrie. Plus two hours of the traveling blues, as well as country, jazz, rock and soul and more.