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We’ll take a trip west on Route 66, all the way to the end of the line at the Santa Monica pier in California, with some interesting stops along the way. Plus there’s music from Los Lobos, Wes Montgomery, Michelle Shocked and Woody Guthrie.


Music as literature—a concept explored by songwriter, singer and guitarist Laura Cantrell, who joins us to talk about her picaresque journey from Nashville to New York. And writer, cultural critic and Boston native Nat Hentoff recalls his famous associations from Charles Mingus to Billie Holiday and why Charlie Parker loved country music. Plus Delhi, LA soul man Toussaint McCall talks about the writing of his magnum opus “Nothing Takes the Place of You.” Country, jazz, blues, R&B and more come together for this hardcover edition of American Routes.


It’s a trip to the American Routes archives as we bring you outtakes, missteps and live performances from Bonnie Raitt, Bo Diddley, Ralph Stanley, Dr. John, and others. Plus live music cuts from Willie Nelson, the legendary Flatlanders and Cajun teen band Feufollet.


Guitarist, fiddler, vocalist and swingster Gatemouth Brown hails from the rich musical territory along the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. A genre-bending, oil-patch bluesman who loves country and Cajun music as much as jazz, he offers his tart opinions of life and art between puffs on that pungent pipe of his. Non-smokers have no fear, the show is not offered with “smellaround sound,” but it does come with a music mix well-suited to Gatemouth’s eclectic sartorial taste for Hawai’an shirts and cowboy hats.