Allons! Join in as American Routes heads west from our New Orleans studio to Southwestern French Louisiana. For a small area on the map, this area of the state has produced a huge amount of music. We’ll speak with swamp popper Rod Bernard about his breakout hit “This Could Go On Forever.” Guitarist Lil’ Buck Sinegal recalls the heyday of Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band. There’s a historic interview with the late fiddler that helped break Cajun music to the world, Dewey Balfa. Plus a live set with Creole accordion player Zydeco Joe.
Get out your Crayolas and sketch pads, as we fill in the spectrum of musical colors from red hot jazz to cool blues. What do we see when we hear music? We dig back into the archives for our epic interview with the New Orleans piano professor Henry Butler about his eclectic musical visions. Then self taught visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley, who has expanded his cosmic vision in words and music to heal society on what he calls the “mothership”: Earth. Plus we’ll hear Nina Simone play Mood Indigo, George Jones sings about the Color of the Blues and Los Lobos on the power of the Lavender Moon.