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Dolly Parton joins us to talk about her musical and family roots in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, where she first broke into song, performed on the radio, and admired the fashion of the local trollop. There’s music from across the American spectrum, including Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” Also, we’ll talk with historian Charles Wolfe about the ballads and songs of the Appalachian South.


Celebrate the holiday with music for Easter, Passover and the spring season. We’ll dig into the vaults and hear interviews with gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Plus we’ll talk with Sacred Steel guitarist Calvin Cooke about how the spirit speaks through his instrument.


Sit down and visit with the Crescent City piano professor and hoodoo rock and roller Dr. John as he recalls his early days as a studio guitarist in New Orleans and the West Coast birth of the Night Tripper. And tag along as we drop by the place where time stands still, but the music jumps, Preservation Hall. Meet musicians, fans and the family that started it all.


John Fogerty wasn’t born on the bayou, but his music is certainly at home there. A lively visit in Los Angeles with the former Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist/singer/songwriter in which Fogerty reveals how the group got its name, the musical impact of swamp gas, and how he might be the Stephen Foster of roots rock and roll. Includes music by Elmore James, Terrance Blanchard, Chelo Silva and Marty Robbins.


Join us and cruise the Gulf Coast Highway with Deep South singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams as she talks about her connection with traditional music, her writing style and sense of place. Plus, Lafayette, Louisiana R&B chanteuse and pianist Carol Fran comes by the studio for conversation and a special live set. There’s also great music from, Johnny Cash, Cassandra Wilson and Gatemouth Brown.