The Staple Singers

American Routes Shortcuts: Sounds of Solace

Oct 16, 2020
Elvis at Home
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we reflect on these difficult times with sounds of solace and uplift to see us through solitude and the unknown.



Nick Spitzer: This is American Routes with our Corona Stay at Home Companion, Sounds of Solace, beginning with some sacred styles that move us to action, be it hanging together while apart or recalling the spirit. Here with a listen in to a  “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” from Watts in Los Angeles, as played by Charles Mingus and ensemble, 1960.

American Roots Fourth of July Concert on the National Mall July 4, 1993
National Council for the Traditional Arts

For the 4th of July, we've been digging in the archives for a series of live concerts between 1993-2001 in front of a million people annually on the National Mall from the Washington Monument to the White House fence, and millions more on public radio nationwide. It was the roots of American Routes.