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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 1108: Cedric Burnside and Candice Ivory

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


CEDRIC BURNSIDE is a hard core, genuine American blues master and grandson of the iconic RL Burnside. He carries the mantle, joy and the burdens and the history of the North Mississippi hill country blues He has won more than a dozen individual awards and has led or contributed to four Grammy-nominated projects.

CANDICE IVORY is one of America’s greatest soul and blues artists. WoodSongs is proud to introduce her celebration of on of the most revered blues artists of all time: MEMPHIS MINNIE, a guitar legend and blues artist whose work was covered even by the rock band LED ZEPPLIN. Ivory reintroduces the music of this legend, almost forgotten until Bonnie Raitt purchaced the headstone for Memphis Minnie’s grave site.