American Routes

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American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music - blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. 

The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews. Our conversations include Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, B.B. King, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Abbey Lincoln, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, McCoy Tyner, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Join us as we ride legendary trains, or visit street parades, instrument-makers, roadside attractions and juke joints, and meet tap dancers, fishermen, fortunetellers and more.

Learn more at prx.org/americanroutes.

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American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. The show explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music and how they are distinguished.

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Custom Promos voiced by host Nick Spitzer

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American Routes Fundraising Programs for all PRX stations

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30-second generic evergreen promos for American Routes.

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Holiday specials

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American Routes occasionally makes episodes of the weekly series available to all PRX stations free of charge. The episodes below are now available.


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  • Added: Mar 26, 2020
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Caption: Bessie Smith , Credit: Carl Van Vechten, restored by Adam Cuerden
exploring the life and times of Bessie Smith, featuring conversations with Annika Chambers and classic songs by Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and A...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Sun Ra
With music from the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Sun Ra and Our Native Daughters.

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Cha Wa
with Maroon Queen Cherice “Reesie” Harrison-Nelson and Cha Wa

  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: American Routes Spring Funder
Host Nick Spitzer brings you some hometown music while urging listeners to pitch in and support their station.

Bought by KEDM, WDCB, WETS, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WPSU and more


  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:20:38
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58