On this Continuum you'll hear a special program devoted to the art of the recorder in early music presented by the legendary short-lived David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. In the 1970s Munrow had the talent of playing a wide variety of early instruments particularly the recorder for which he became quite famous. His English style of discreet, controlled expression contrasts with the greater tonal flexibility of the Continental style of that period. Recordings used are from The Art of the Recorder — Testament SBT2 1368 — a 2 CD set.

Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is a prolific composer who draws inspiration from his life experiences, from turning horses to working in a sawmill, to his relationship with religion and his family. All raw material for honing classic country songs. We’ll talk to Shaver about his life in music. Then, the former Crawfish Queen of Breaux Bridge, Yvette Landry, shares stories of coming to music later in life and her work with the Godfather of Swamp Pop, Warren Storm. Plus music by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball and Fats Domino. 

On this Continuum you'll hear dance music of the Renaissance by three major composers of the 17th century: Thoinot Arbeau of France, and William Byrd and John Playford of England. Among the dances heard will be branles, basse dances and pavans. Recordings used are; "Danses Populairies Francaises," performed by The Broadside Band - Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951152, and "William Byrd - Virginals & Consorts," performed by Capriccio Stravagante under the direction of New Orleanian Skip Sempe - Auvidis E 8611.

National Heritage Fellows 2019

May 19, 2020

American Routes celebrates this holiday weekend with words and music from the National Heritage Fellows Concert in Washington DC. Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented the fellowships. It’s America’s highest honor in Folk & Traditional Arts. This year’s fellows include Texas ranchera elders Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Basque accordionist Dan Ansotegui, Malian balafon player Balla Kouyate, African American storyteller Linda Goss, Wyoming leatherworker James F.

Excerpts from the medieval musical, "The Play of Robin & Marion", is featured on this Continuum. Composed by the 13th century trouvère Adam de la Halle, this pastoral work is considered by some to be one of the first operas written. The recording is an historic live performance given in 1984 by musicians of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the famous early music school in Basel, Switzerland. CD is "Le Jeu de Robin et Marion", Focus 913.

Dreamers Then and Now: Eric Andersen & Samantha Fish

May 12, 2020

We explore the world of daydreams, nostalgia, fantasy and future selves. Time travel with songwriting scenester Eric Andersen back to his days hanging with the Beats at City Lights bookstore and Greenwich Village’s folk music scene, train-riding across Canada with Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy and the Grateful Dead and tripping out on music and hallucinogens.

La Folia is one of the most important anonymous melodies of the 15th & 16th centuries. It has been reported to have variations composed for it by over 400 composers over the years. Probably the most notable one is by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). This week on Continuum you'll hear this composition and others from a few notable composers extending into the present day.

Music & Healing: Part 2

May 5, 2020

Songs and stories of the healing power of music and its role in improving personal health with gospel singer Cora Harvey Armstrong, Apsaalooke rapper and fancy dancer Supaman, singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young and Santana‘s reflections on reincarnation. Plus, songs about the temptations of elixirs as fixers of pain and maladies of all kinds from the flu and plain old love sickness.

On this Continuum you'll hear a recording of a live New Orleans Musica da Camera concert from October 5, 2014. It is "A Voice Still Heard" - Medieval Sephardic Song, recorded at Ursuline Chapel in New Orleans. This is a repeat of a concert given by Musica da Camera in 1990 at Gates of Prayer Synagogue in Metairie, LA and broadcast nationally over American Public Radio. The recording is on the Musica da Camera’s CD, A Voice Still Heard - Belle Alliance BA 011.

Corona Stay at Home Companion Vol 2: Sounds of Solace

Apr 28, 2020

It’s a new edition of our Corona “Stay at Home Companion” with sounds of solace and uplift to see us through solitude and the unknown. From Blue Skies and the Milky White Way to downhome and earthly struggles with Mavis Staples and Elvis, Bill Monroe, and Louis Armstrong.