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American Routes Shortcuts: Marquise Knox

Aug 9, 2019
Marquise Knox
American Routes

This week we’re exploring the sonic hues of the blues in jazz, R & B, country, Cajun and pop. We crash a blues house party and workshop at the 2018 National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland, where we speak with twenty-eight-year-old St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox. 

 

Nick Spitzer: I’m Nick Spitzer with American Routes, onstage at the 2018 National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland, where we’re going to speak with the St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox about how he found the blues. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Bonnie Raitt

Jun 7, 2019
Bonnie Raitt
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Sippie Wallace was definitely an inspiration to Bonnie Raitt. In the 1970’s, Bonnie sought out the elderly singer in Detroit, and they sang together at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Back then, Bonnie was just starting out as a guitarist and singer, recording a string of LPs that mixed new tunes with classic blues women’s songs. After 20 years in the biz, Bonnie topped the pop charts in her early 40s with the album “Nick of Time.” Since then, she’s continued to release great records and stay out on the road.

Robert Johnson
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Johnny Shines was one of the last Delta bluesmen to travel and perform with Robert Johnson. Born in 1915 and raised in Arkansas, Shines first met Johnson around 1934 and later followed him all the way up to Canada, where the two bluesmen performed gospel music on a religious radio show. Shortly after, Johnson was murdered in 1938. Shines moved to Chicago where the Country Delta style began to dwindle by the ‘50s in favor of electric band blues. He was disgusted enough to sell his guitar and quit the blues for almost a decade ‑ eventually relocating to Holt, Alabama and touring worldwide later in life. He passed away in 1992, a year before that I spoke with Johnny Shines about his musical life with Robert Johnson.

American Routes Shortcuts: Marquise Knox

Mar 15, 2019
Marquise Knox
American Routes

This week we’re exploring the sonic hues of the blues in jazz, R & B, country, Cajun and pop. We crash a blues house party and workshop at the 2018 National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland, where we speak with twenty-eight-year-old St. Louis guitarist Marquise Knox. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Little Freddie King

Mar 23, 2018
Little Freddie King
American Routes

Bluesman Little Freddie King hopped on a train from McComb, Mississippi, to New Orleans as a youth in the early 1950s. Over the years, he’s developed his own electric country-blues style. Life hasn’t always been easy for Freddie but he says he’s blessed with at least nine lives. 

While Best-Known For Jazz, NOLA Knows The Blues, Too

Dec 21, 2017
Cable Piano Co.

When you think about New Orleans music, you probably hear a joyful sound -- the perfect soundtrack to dancing in the street. But much of our musical heritage is rooted in a darker sound: the blues. For more about New Orleans blues, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman spoke with Professor Ric Stewart.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman. 

American Routes Shortcuts: The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Nov 10, 2017
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
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This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we feature Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Susan Tedeschi grew up outside of Boston in a family of grocery store owners. Derek Trucks was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, listening to the Allman Brothers, his uncle Butch Trucks’ band. Worlds apart, Susan and Derek each honed their chops at local blues jams and pursued musical careers destined to collide. Susan attended the Berklee School of Music, toured with the Dead, and released eight solo albums.

American Routes Shortcuts: Candi Staton

Sep 15, 2017
Candi Staton
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we hear from Candi Staton who has been working in music for over four decades. From her Christian upbringing to the Chitlin’ Circuit, from making records in Muscle Shoals to disco, her path hasn’t always been easy. One of her earliest memories was making a pillow out of a cotton sack and falling asleep as her father worked the field. 

American Routes Shortcuts: Jimmy Duck Holmes

Aug 11, 2017
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we speak with bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes about his time running a juke joint in Bentonia, Mississippi called the Blue Front Café. It was at the Blue Front where he learned the Bentonia style of blues guitar from the revered Jack Owens.

Music Inside Out

 

Taj Mahal has guts. What else would explain the song title, “You Ain’t No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Like the Way You Strut Your Stuff?”

In the history of the blues, there’s never been anyone as bold, funny, carnal and canny.

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