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Nashville: Music City (Episode #303H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Known as the capital of country music, Nashville also is home to some of the world's top singer-songwriters and rock and pop bands. Host Jacob Edgar receives a personal tour of Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry by country superstar Vince Gill. Then, he sees Elizabeth Miller perform at a funky bar in East Nashville, the bohemian district home to many of the city's musicians. He checks out Music Row, the epicenter of Nashville's music business, to visit Compass Records and then tour Gruhn Guitars, which supplies vintage gear to the world's top musicians. He hears virtuoso banjo player Alison Brown demonstrate her musical talents and then visits the legendary Bluebird Cafe, where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift started their careers. Then, he stops in at the home of Jamie Johnson from the bluegrass band The Grascals for a moving performance of their hit song "I Am Strong". And finally, local songwriters Gabe Dixon and Casey Wasner, contemporary blues singer Keb Mo' and indie rock band Those Darlins prove there is much more to the Nashville scene then country music.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 31, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm (Episode #203)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

"Nawlins"...the Crescent City, where the local music and cuisine share a lot in common: both are spicy, fused with a multicultural mix of ingredients, and one taste only makes you hunger for more. Host Jacob Edgar arrives during the build-up to Mardi Gras. His musical journey moves from the classic jazz at Preservation Hall to the sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield at his club on Bourbon Street. Virtuoso Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews treats Edgar to a searing demonstration of his talents, followed by an intimate get-together with crooner Jeremy Davenport. Cameras capture a scorching jam with Cyril Neville and Galactic at the famed Tiptitina's and local legend Kermit Ruffins at his annual Mardi Gras morning barbeque party.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Shreveport: Road Through Northern Louisiana (Episode #202)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

Shreveport, a city with a rich musical history, counts among its myriad musical traditions the African-American sounds of the South, country music, Western swing, rockabilly that predated rock and roll, and the spicy influence of Cajun and Creole music. As guest host, rock star and blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd visits Lead Belly's grave for an acoustic jam with local icon Buddy Flett; introduces Maggie Warwick of the famed radio show, The Louisiana Hayride; enjoys a special performance on the stage where Elvis first tasted stardom; sits down with guitar legend James Burton for a demonstration of his pioneering guitar licks; and sits in on a grumble boogie party with the band Dirtfoot.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 -- 5:30 AM

Lafayette: Sounds from the Bayou (Episode #201)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 -- 11:30 PM

In this enchanting episode, host Jacob Edgar experiences the food, lifestyles and culture of Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette is the epicenter of Cajun and Creole culture, where the infectious rhythms of Zydeco and Cajun music echo across the bayou. There, Edgar settles in to picturesque Dockside Studios for a session with Roddie Romero, a talented local musician. Then Terrence Simien, a GRAMMY winner and one of Zydeco's biggest stars, takes Edgar on a horseback trail ride and then invites him into a jam session with the next generation of Creole musicians. Finally, Edgar is treated to performances by The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a young Cajun music band, at their family camp on the banks of the Vermillion River and a soulful duet by songwriter David Egan and singer Marc Broussard.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 -- 5:30 AM
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