Backroads and Banjos Archive

The Friends of Charley Patton

Original Air Date: 02-4-2015

Art travels down to the Mississippi Delta in this episode trying to discover the roots of American blues music. While most people assume that these blues artists were naturally gifted with their skills on the …

Dust-to-Digital 2015

Original Air Date: 01-28-2015

Before heading out to Los Angeles for their Best Historical Album nomination at the next Sunday’s Grammy Awards, April and Lance from Dust-to-Digital stop by to talk about some of the label’s most recent releases …

Jake Xerxes Fussell

Original Air Date: 01-14-2015

This week Art is joined via telephone by guitar player, singer, and folklorist Jake Fussell. Jake spend his early years surrounded by the music of Precious Bryant and eventually would learn guitar from the South …

Eighth of January

Original Air Date: 01-7-2015

On the 200th anniversary of the end of the Battle of New Orleans, Art looks at the well-known fiddle tune Eighth of January. This tune was originally written to commemorate the end of the Battle …

Al Murphy and Art Rosenbaum

Original Air Date: 11-19-2014

Art shares some music from a recording he made with his friend Al Murphy for Meadowlands Records in 1972. While working his first teaching job at Iowa State University, a colleague let Art know about …

The Carter Family – Outside of Bristol

Original Air Date: 09-24-2014

Over the course of 11 days in 1927, Ralph Peer changed the world of traditional folk music forever when he traveled to Bristol, Tennessee and recorded some of the most endearing sides for the Victor …