The Spirit of New Orleans Is in Its Music For many music fans, it has been hard to hear the dramatic stories coming out of New Orleans and not consider the city's rich culture. The city is steeped in music, a heritage that folklorist Nick Spitzer, who evacuated the day before Katrina hit, continues to celebrate on the air.

The Spirit of New Orleans Is in Its Music

The Spirit of New Orleans Is in Its Music

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Songs of New Orleans

'Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?' - Louis Armstrong

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'Louisiana 1927' - Aaron Neville

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'When the Levee Breaks' - Memphis Minnie

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'Walking to New Orleans' - Fats Domino

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'Right Place Wrong Time' - Dr. John

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For many music fans, it has been hard to hear the dramatic stories coming out of New Orleans and not think about the city's rich cultural heritage. New Orleans is steeped in music, from the street parades of Mardi Gras to smoky blues bars and the brass bands that march in jazz funerals.

The flooding sparked by Hurricane Katrina has resonated on several levels with folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of the roots-music program American Routes on public radio. Spitzer and his family evacuated the day before the storm hit -- his home and office are both in New Orleans.

For nearly two weeks, Spitzer has been producing a post-storm version of his show from member station KRVS in Lafayette, La., where he is staying with friends.

And as he has watched conditions in New Orleans grow increasingly desperate, Spitzer has kept on playing music -- much of it devoted to his beleaguered city. He shares some of his selections with Melissa Block.

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