All Across The Usa

Episodes

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage musical journey, from east to west, across the southern states, meeting. at each stop. the local celebrities who keep the traditional music of their region alive.

' White people used to come down out of the mountains to sit and play with us and try and learn whatever we did. Black folks was the ones that played this mountain music, what you call bluegrass today, before white people got hold of It.

'Course ain't no ene gonna agree with you, but I know. I remember back when I was a little kid and they was playing the same thing, just what we called mountain music.'

JOHN JACKSON

1: Music from the Mountains and the Mines

A visit to the Appalachians, the home of bluegrass, Wiley and Zeke Morris , Woodrow Roberts and John Jackson. Producer DAVID EPPS

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Music: John Jackson

Music: Zeke Morris

Unknown: Woodrow Roberts

Unknown: John Jackson.

Producer: David Epps

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage journey across the Southern States, meeting local celebrities who keep traditional music alive.

2: Charlie Feathers, Rockabilly, and the Cotton-patch Blues

A visit to Memphis, home of W. C. Handy, the so-called father of the blues, Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley made his first records, the riverboat and a rich cultural tradition. Producer DAVID EPPS

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Producer: David Epps

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage journey across the Southern States, meeting local celebrities who keep traditional music alive.

3: The Cajuns

A visit to south-west Louisiana, where the beautiful sinister landscape provides a perfect background to the eerie sounds of Cajun music. Producer DAVID EPPS

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage journey across the Southern States, meeting local celebrities who keep traditional music alive.

4: Chicano! Right on.' A visit to San Antonio, home of the cactus, the western boot, the stetson, the button accordion, conjunto music and the Spanish-speaking, Mexican-American Chicanos

' We write lyrics In conjunto music in Spanish, but it's the same feeling as country music. We write love songs, truck-driving songs, farm-workers' songs, songs about smuggling - things that are happening day by day, just addressed to the local community. And we get to remember the hard times we've passed, and our fathers passed and our grandfathers passed, and so when we sing a song we sing It emotionally.'

FLACO JIMENEZ

Producer DAVID EPPS

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Unknown: Flaco Jimenez

Producer: David Epps

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage musical journey, from east to west, across the southern states, meeting at each stop local celebrities who keep the traditional music of their region alive.

5: Bob Wills is still the king of Western swing

A visit to Texas to investigate the origins of a strange hybrid music made by country musicians playing blues and jazz on traditional instruments.

' Bob Wills (left) said we played swing music; it was different from other country music; it was music with a beat. When I came to Bob I was considered a better-than-average jazz player and I said, "What shall I play? ", and he said, " Just what you want - but when I point that fiddle bow at you, you'd better hit it, tear it upl ". So I played just what I played before as jazz; I don't think I played a melody note as long as I played with Bob Wills. '

AL STRICKLIN

Producer DAVID EPPS

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Unknown: Bob Wills

Producer: David Epps

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Anthony Wall makes a six-stage journey across the Southern States, meeting local celebrities who keep traditional music alive.

6: Central Avenue Breakdown

For many, Los Angeles has seemed the promised land: but against the impact of Hollywood, Watts, fantasy and freeways, soul and schmaltz, the blues has to struggle to survive.

Producer DAVID EPPS

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