Blues Jukes & Jazz Streets with Bill Ferris and more

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Here you can find a program segment from JPR Jefferson Public Radio a service of Southern Oregon University from their Rhythm & News Radio Schedule. The program is called American Routes and it’s hosted by Nick Spitzer on Sundays 2-4pm.

“We travel from Mississippi juke joints to the streets of the French Quarter to hear from those who record and perform music,” says Spitzer. “Folklorist Bill Ferris recounts his experience documenting blues, gospel, fife & drum music and folk arts in the Mississippi delta and hill country. Ferris recently compiled his recordings in the Voices of Mississippi boxed set….”

And there’s more.

Presenting a broad range of American music — from blues, jazz, gospel and soul, to rockabilly, zydeco, Tejano and roots rock – American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads that both distinguish and bind these diverse genres. The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews that take listeners on journeys riding legendary trains, visiting street parades, discovering roadside attractions and meeting tap dancers, fishermen and fortunetellers. The songs and stories on American Routes chronicle and celebrate both the community origins of American music and the musicians who create it.

Click the link in the first paragraph to listen to Bill Ferris and some fine tunes. You can also find upcoming American Routes Programs.


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