This week, Nate is joined by Author, David Wondrich, to discuss his overlooked classic: "Stomp and Swerve: How American Music Got Hot 1843-1924"
In this episode, David takes Nate way way back into the history of American music, long before the invention of recording, to discuss how African-derived music in North America differs from its sister music in South America and the Caribbean, as well as America's primordial pop phenomenon -- the Minstrel Show, and all the racist baggage that comes with it; country music's surprising roots in African-American music and the black performers and songwriters who seized the opportunities presented to break the color barriers which had kept black performers off professional stages until nearly the turn of the 20th century.
Song List for This Episode:
1. St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith
2. Trombone Sneeze - Arthur Pryor
3. Monaghan - Michael Coleman
4. Yaw Donkor -Kumasi Trio
5. Old Dan Tucker - Fiddling John Carson
Next week, author Robert Gordon returns to discuss “Can’t Be Satisfied” his biography of Muddy Waters.
Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox, "Let It Roll" is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream.