American Rhythm

Series produced by Rhythm & News Service

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The Gourmet Oldies Show

For over two decades, JPR's "Gourmet Oldies Show" has featured an extensive archive of classic R&B, Swing Jazz, Blues, Boogie Woogie, Country, much much more. It's the popular music of a time gone by to honor and celebrate the Golden Era of American vernacular music. Plus, each week features special trivia questions to test your knowledge of the past, and a set called "Ladies Choice."

Each episode is 1:58 (Two 59:00 hours), with a floating :30 avail each hour.


44 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This week's tunes all make reference to American cities in some way.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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One last week's worth of songs that offer up pieces of advice. There were just too many great options to fit in to last week.

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week's collection of eclectic tunes all focus on advice in one form or another. Admissions of all shapes and sizes.

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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It’s a study of the historical development of the song Baby Please Don’t Go – from its early antecedents to a fairly recent rendering by some Briti...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, Craig is featuring a collection of songs all about the moon.

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:57
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This week, Craig takes shares a few different renditions of My Blue Heaven - that classic song from the great American songbook.

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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In honor of Labor Day, this week's show is all songs about workin' -- being on the job, the 5 o'clock whistle, and the 9 to 5.

Bought by KHNS


  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week's program focuses on songs that reference the Jukebox - that popular piece of Americana at the center of musical culture for decades.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week's show revolves around the word "stuff" and how it's use has evolved over time.

  • Added: Aug 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:00
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This week, a look at musical stars who got a very early start at their recording careers.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week features another batch of songs about the events of life that are worth complaining about.

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week, Craig delves into the history of three songs: Flat Foot Floogie, Everyday I Have The Blues, and Slippin' & Slidin'.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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Craig devotes a second week to the plethora of songs about walking.

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:02
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This week begins a two-part series of programs that feature songs about walking.

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week's theme revolves around the arrival of the summer season. Most of the songs are well-known and iconic, but a few may be new discoveries!

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
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This week, a selection of word-games and puzzles based on compound song and artist names. Also, a collection of songs about worry.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, all of the tunes have a commonality to them. See if you can guess what that is.

  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:59
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This week, all of the songs will be about the various factors associated with the social custom of getting married. Some will be lighthearted and f...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58
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This week, Craig pays tribute to the American Armed Forces via the music popular during the WWII years. It's the American Rhythm Wartime Radio Review.

Bought by KMSU


  • Added: May 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 1
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No overarching theme this week. Instead, short sets grouped together with common parameters.

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:57:58