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Audio Art Talk with Nick Spitzer

NEA grantee American Routes has been on the air for almost 16 years, educating and entertaining audiences about all sorts of American music and cultural heritage. Now Nick Spitzer, folklorist, professor, and the show's host, has taken the show on the road…and we ain't talking Route 66. Right now, Spitzer is in China with NEA National Heritage Fellow Chuck Campbell, a sacred steel guitarist, as part of his American Routes Abroad program, which takes a wide range of American musicians to countries around the world. In light of the latest issue of NEA Arts, which focuses on the broad reach of arts across continents, we looked to this riveting initiative to keep the international conversation going.

Special thanks to all the contributing musicians. 

  • Excerpt of “Morning Train” and "Jump for Joy" by The Campbell Brothers featuring Katie Jackson from the album, Pass Me Not, used courtesy of Arhoolie Records.
  • Excerpt of "Uber Yodel" by Wylie and the Wild West, from the album Bucking Horse Moon, used courtesy of Western Jubilee Recording Company and by permission of W. Gustafson, Two Medicine (BMI)
  • Excerpt of "Old Chisholm Trail" by Wylie & the Wild West from the album, Cowboy Ballads and Dance Songs, used courtesy of Wylie and the Wild West. Publishing in the public domain
  • Excerpt of "Tippy Toeing" Jessé Lege, Joel Savoy, and the Cajun Country Revival, from the album, The Right Combination used courtesy of Valcour Records, and used by permission of Bobby Harden, Universal Music-Careers, (BMI)

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