Bob Dylan

American Routes Shortcuts: Mavis Staples

Jan 5, 2018
Mavis Staples
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we feature gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples, from the second installment of our show all about Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan admired the civil rights songs of the Staples singers and would hear them on tour in the early 60s. Mavis Staples remembers when her father, Pops, heard Dylan for the first time and how Dylan’s protest lyrics influenced their family in return.

American Routes Shortcuts: Joan Baez

Dec 29, 2017
Joan Baez
American Routes

We go to Bob Dylan’s back pages and hear from American folk singer, songwriter, and activist, Joan Baez, who helped bring Dylan into the spotlight. Baez and Dylan collaborated frequently and briefly became involved romantically. Host Nick Spitzer speaks with Joan Baez about her favorite love ballads, Bob Dylan going electric, and what it’s like to be the subject of songs, known worldwide.

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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People love talking about the weather. And we did a lot of talking during this year's busy hurricane season. Turns out the weather has a way of showing up in music — but less now than it used to.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux talked with Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, who studies how musicians write about the weather. He hopes climate change will inspire more weather-related music.

 

American Routes Shortcuts: Mavis Staples

Jul 28, 2017
Mavis Staples
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek of the upcoming show. This week, it’s the second installment of our program all about Bob Dylan.  Here’s host Nick Spitzer with Mavis Staples, on American Routes.

NS: Bob Dylan admired the civil rights songs of the Staples singers,  and would hear them on tour in the early 60s. Mavis Staples remembers when her father, Pops, heard Dylan for the first time, and how Dylan’s protest lyrics influenced their family in return.

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?