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15-29: Creole Eyes and Classical Ears, 7/22/2015

From American Routes | Part of the American Routes series | 01:58:57

with Van Dyke Parks and Tom McDermott


Conversation with and music from Van Dyke Parks, an eclectic, popular classicist known as a composer and keyboardist, arranger and producer, with a great love of calypso and Hawaiian cowboy music. The man behind the curtain for so many artists, the Hollywood-based Parks is well-regarded for writing and studio work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Ry Cooder, Lowell George and Randy Newman, among many. He recently became a fan of pianist Tom McDermott, a St. Louis-born, New Orleans-dwelling and Brazilian-influenced vernacular virtuoso. Parks thought enough of McDermott's recorded repertoire to collect and reissue some of it as Bamboula--so named for the composition by the mutually-admired New Orleans 19th century pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Tom McDermott, also a fan of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair and James Booker, plays in his parlor for us.

WoodSongs (Series)

Produced by WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Most recent piece in this series:

WoodSongs 1010: Kristy Cox and Lakota John

From WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour | Part of the WoodSongs series | 59:00


KRISTY COX is Australia’s Queen of Bluegrass. Based in Nashville for a number of years, Kristy has been going from strength to strength taking her music to the world. Adored for her youthful energy infused bluegrass, she has been awarded with radio success and accolades for her talent. Kristy new album ‘No Headlights’ on Mountain Fever Records was recently released. The new album features 10 incredible tracks, including the Golden Guitar winning single ‘Yesterday’s Heartache’ and a duet with the one and only Tommy Emmanuel.

LAKOTA JOHN is an old soul with a love for the blues. A talented Native American (Oglala Lakota/Lumbee) Blues guitarist/vocalist who plays Roots, Bottleneck slide and Country Blues Piedmont style guitar from Southeastern North Carolina.  He sprinkles it with a bit of harmonica and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute. Lakota tours nationally, opening up for or sharing the stage with reknown Native artist, Pura Fe; Blues icon, Taj Mahal; Native American Blues Rocker, Keith Secola; American Songster, Dom Flemons and many others. He was nominated for Best Blues Recording in 2015 at the Native American Music Awards. His new album ‘The Winds of Time’ is available now. 

WoodSongs Kid: Payton Murphy is a sixteen-year-old State Finger-Style Guitar Championfrom Olathe, Kansas.