American Routes: "Music of Healing & Elixirs" - Friday March 23rd at Noon

Mar 22, 2018

Little Freddie King, Anders Osborne, Dr. Michael White & Music Maker Relief Foundation

Little Freddie King

From healing songs and expressions of pain to hoodoo cure-alls and feel-good elixirs, we explore the musical world of sickness and health. We talk with Mississippi-born guitarist Little Freddie King about how the blues saved many of his nine lives. New Orleans songwriter and rocker Anders Osborne tells of a journey that led to self-medicating with pain relievers that do more harm than good, and his eventual recovery. Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation in North Carolina explains the curative properties of music on society and his work with Taj Mahal to help deep-roots musicians in need. And clarinetist Dr. Michael White talks of jazz and its role in his and New Orleans' recovery after Katrina. Plus, medicine show troubadours hawk their tonics, Dr. John prescribes Mama Roux’s healing potions, and Huey “Piano” Smith gives us a serious case of “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.”

You can hear American Routes with host Nick Spitzer every Friday at 12:00 pm noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91 - also streaming at, on Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area; and on demand on the FREE KRCB App available at the App Store / iTunes / Google Play.   

Anders Osborne