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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


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.

WoodSongs (Series)

Produced by WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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WoodSongs 943: Juggernaut Jug Band and Erin Enderlin

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


JUGGERNAUT JUG BAND based out of Louisville, Kentucky have proudly kept early twentieth century jug music alive and well since 1965. The band blends an eclectic, fun mix of jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware. The band hosts the annual National Jug Band Jubilee in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky the birthplace of jug music. They plan on releasing a new EP around the time of the next Jubilee in September 2018.

ERIN ENDERLIN is an in-demand Nashville songwriter. She penned Alan Jackson's "Monday Morning Church," Lee Ann Womack's "Last Call," and others for Luke Bryan, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, and many more.  She was named to CMT's Next Women of Country class of 2018 and her critically acclaimed albums have positioned her as one of county music's brightest torch bearers. Enderlin's highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘Whiskeytown Crier' puts all the sad souls she's become known for singing and writing about in the same tiny, fictional city. The result is unprecedented: a concept album devoted to women's experiences in small town, America.  

WoodSongs Kid: Brannock McCartan is a twelve-year-old banjo player from Crestwood, Kentucky influenced by Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe.