New Americana


Listen to some examples of new American blues and gospel, and other traditional American folk music on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear an eerie revival of the Skip James classic "Special Rider Blues" from the recent record, "Rishte," a collaboration between guitarist Gary Lucas and Anglo-Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar. Plus, a reworking of a classic hymn tune, microtonal blues, and a lot more.

PROGRAM # 2950 New Americana (First aired on Wed. 6/17/09)






O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

Po’ Lazarus, excerpt [1:30]

Lost Highway/Mercury #170098**
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Last Forever

Last Forever

Ain’t Going Down to the Well No More/ Poor Lazarus [7:39]

Nonesuch #79447
Available as a bonus CD with "No Place Like Home" package through
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John King / Ethel


‘Round Sunrise – slow and down [6:19]

Tzadik #8023 **

Bill Frisell

The Willies

Sittin’ On Top of the World [3:59]

Nonesuch 79652

Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucas


Special Rider Blues [5:56]

World Village 450008

Willie McBlind

Bad Thing

Stones in My Passway [4:37]

Free Note FN0901

Jody Diamond

In That Bright World: Music for Javanese Gamelan

Hard Times [11:31]

New World Records 80698

Ben Bowen King

Sidewalk Saints

Amazing Grace [3:51]