SENATOR ROBERT BYRD
EPISODES OF AMERICAN ROUTES WITH SENATOR ROBERT BYRD
From the show "Swingin' the Election: Music & Politics 2012" originally aired on October 31st, 2012
From the show "I Swung the Election: Music & Politics" originally aired on October 27th, 2004
Every four years American Routes checks out songs and soundbites about politics and electioneering from both sides of the aisle. Hear the late WV Senator Robert Byrd on his fiddle playing as an instrument of political persuasion, and the same approach of Cajun office seeker Roland Cheramie from Louisiana bayou country--he goes door-to-door fiddling for votes. Hungarian ambassador to the US, Andras Simonyi, talks about the role of rock in lifting the Iron Curtain. The buttoned-down Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia was once a disco DJ, while Indiana's Andy Ruff uses honky-tonk to support his anti-highway building campaign.
All eyes are on the 2004 election. With this American Routes Music & Politics special we ask you to lend your ears to the democratic process as we bring you songs by and about politicians -- including John Kerry's high school rock band -- protest music, campaign songs and more. Guests include Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia on fiddling to get elected; Cook County Commissioner and soul singer Jerry Butler discusses the difference between performance and politics; former Sec. of the Interior Stewart Udall recalls music in the Kennedy White House; and the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin, wonders if we'll have a guitar-picking president. Plus topical music from Howlin' Wolf, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Grateful Dead. Democracy is the best sound around.