American Rhythm

Series produced by Rhythm & News Service

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The Gourmet Oldies Show

For over two decades, JPR's "Gourmet Oldies Show" has featured an extensive archive of classic R&B, Swing Jazz, Blues, Boogie Woogie, Country, much much more. It's the popular music of a time gone by to honor and celebrate the Golden Era of American vernacular music. Plus, each week features special trivia questions to test your knowledge of the past, and a set called "Ladies Choice."

Each episode is 1:58 (Two 59:00 hours), with a floating :30 avail each hour.


25 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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No overarching theme this week. Instead, short sets grouped together with common parameters.

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week, an overview of some of the different genres of early American music, and a few different variations on the episode's titular song.

  • Added: May 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week, American Rhythm continues the journey through historical songs that focus on the natural world. Rivers, mountains, the ocean, etc...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, American Rhythm takes a journey through historical songs that focus on the natural world. Rivers, mountains, the ocean, etc...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week Craig continues his exploration of songs that deal with the topic of money.

  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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This week's episode is the first of two that showcase tunes that are all about money!

  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week's episode features songs that you may have heard before, but probably not the various versions Craig Faulkner has uncovered.

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week's episode of American Rhythm included several recordings from persons who were also preachers and/or ministers in addition to musicians. ...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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American Rhythm continues it's exploration of vintage songs about rain this week.

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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With the arrival of spring rains, American Rhythm digs into the vaults for songs about precipitation in its many forms.

  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:54
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This week's show offers songs from some of the early American performers and singers who were well received in Europe, and even some who permanentl...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, a bit of a continuation of last week's Valentine's Day show - as American Rhythm features a compilation of songs that all deal with the ...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, American Rhythm celebrates all things love. It's the Valentine's Day show! You'll hear songs in that spirit - sometimes ambiguous and sh...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, American Rhythm explores songs that reference that all-important communication technology: the telephone.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:56
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Inspired by the classic song Airmail Special (USPS Airmail Service began in 1918), this week is all about the mail! Letters, writing, parcels, pack...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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American Rhythm continues its exploration into the origins of the musical style we know as Boogie Woogie.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, Craig explores the origins of boogie woogie.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week's episode showcases songs that make reference to "knocking" - think "Keep a Knocking But You Can't Come In."

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:54
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American Rhythm celebrates the new year with a collection of tunes along the lines of seasonal celebration.

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57
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Host Craig Faulkner heads back to the vast archives for two more hours of vintage holiday musical faire.

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 01:57:57