blues

Friday at noon on American Routes: Bob Dylan's songs are part of American consciousness, with sources and symbols drawing from old-time country and folk, blues and ballads, ancient and modern poetry, the beauties and absurdities of life, love and loss. His contributions to the big river of songs have grown and been recognized worldwide. The young man from Hibbing, Minnesota, is now an elder... a Nobel Laureate; but his listeners didn't need that or any such weathervane to prize Bob Dylan.

In this hour of Blue Dimensions, it's "Made In America," a new album from saxophonist Bobby Watson, who offers music honoring several African-American leaders and innovators, whose great achievements may not be well-known to the public at large, including a highly successful businesswoman and philanthropist (Madam C. J. Walker), a guitarist (Grant Green - we'll also hear from him as well), and a famed officer of the law (Bass Reeves).

Tuesday nights 9-11 pm, Lady Spins the Blues! Mary Carroll is your host, and she will take you on a journey through the blues. 

This week, American Routes revisits the best live performances from the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. We'll feature swamp blues, Mississippi Delta blues, hill country blues, and the blues rocked out. Artists include Howlin' Wolf's pianoman Henry Gray, harp player Lazy Lester, Kenny Neal and family, Slim Harpo's right-hand guitar man James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson, songmaker Luke Winslow King, New Orleans soul funkster Walter "Wolfman" Washington and R.L. Burnside's grandson, Kent Burnside. Plus a visit to Teddy's Juke Joint nearby on Highway 61 in Zachary, LA.