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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 1096: India Ramey and Annie Bartholomew

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


INDIA RAMEY has a dramatic story, a dramatic back ground and passionate songs. She is recognized by NPR and one of the 10 artists to watch. Growing up very poor, she is a domestic violence survivor, graduated college, got a law degree, became a District Attorney and domestic violence prosecutor.

ANNIE BARTHOLOMEW is an stunning folksinger from Juneu, Alaska and tells a rare, powerful human story in her new album. When the gold rush was on in the Yukon at the close of the 19th century, thousands of prospectors flooded into Alaska to seek their fortunes. With them came women who sought a better life, but whose options were often limited to sex work.