Time to ring in a new century by examining the past one. For the big Y2K, we’ll reel in the years with our favorite artists’ favorite songs of the millennium. Travel through the past thousand years of music with personal requests from many of our party guests including: Randy Newman, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Tito Puente, Gillian Welch, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, and more!
Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Please Christmas don’t be late!” Yuletide cheer, wondering winterlands and Santaclaustrophobia: music both sacred and secular for the season. With favorites from John Prine, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Toots & the Maytals, and Judy Garland. Also not-Saint Nick speaks with the late Charles Brown in one of his last stage appearances singing “Merry Christmas, Baby!”
American Routes tackles the musical Big Apple with singing cabdrivers, subway bluesmen, and banging on a can. Naturally there’ll be club jazz and folk, Jewish klezmer, Latin rhythms, Irish sessions, a touch of Broadway, and atmospheric avant-garde—from the sidewalks to the skyscrapers, from the East Side to the West, from the Village to Harlem.
From Alaska to Hawaii, the Newest States of Being Cool and warm seasonal music for dog sledding and surfing, Eskimo rock and slack-key hula guitar. We’ll hear songs about these places from the imaginations of Danny Kaye,The Sons of Hawaii, Michelle Shocked and the Nunamta Yupik Singers. Plus visits to a Hawaiian luau, radio station KBHR of “Northern Exposure” fame and a real Alaskan public radio station, KNBA in Anchorage.