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15-29: Creole Eyes and Classical Ears, 7/22/2015

From American Routes | Part of the American Routes series | 01:58:57

with Van Dyke Parks and Tom McDermott

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Conversation with and music from Van Dyke Parks, an eclectic, popular classicist known as a composer and keyboardist, arranger and producer, with a great love of calypso and Hawaiian cowboy music. The man behind the curtain for so many artists, the Hollywood-based Parks is well-regarded for writing and studio work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Ry Cooder, Lowell George and Randy Newman, among many. He recently became a fan of pianist Tom McDermott, a St. Louis-born, New Orleans-dwelling and Brazilian-influenced vernacular virtuoso. Parks thought enough of McDermott's recorded repertoire to collect and reissue some of it as Bamboula--so named for the composition by the mutually-admired New Orleans 19th century pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Tom McDermott, also a fan of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and James Booker, plays in his parlor for us.

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WoodSongs 951: Vanessa Collier and Tlen Huicani

From WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour | Part of the WoodSongs series | 59:02

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VANESSA COLLIER is a master musician and multi-instrumentalist whose head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances recently got the attention of Buddy Guy. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch. She was recently nominated for TWO 2018 Blues Music Awards and released her new album ‘Honey Up’ this summer.

TLEN HUICANI (pronounced wee-KAH-nee) takes you on a journey of Mexico’s music, time and place with their traditional costumes and native instruments. Meaning “the singers” in their indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, the band makes the beautiful “harpa jarocha” or folk harp, the centerpiece of their music. Since 1973, their music and international achievements have earned the honor of ‘Best Folk Group in Mexico’ by the Union of Music and Theater Critics.

WoodSongs Kid: Alexis Radhakrishnan is a sixteen-year-old ukulele player and singer from Lexington, Kentucky.