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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358 Pieces

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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12 Pieces

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.


Pieces

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with Maroon Queen Cherice “Reesie” Harrison-Nelson and Cha Wa

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: :00

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

Bought by KRCU, WCBE, and KRVS


  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 01:20:38
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Guilty Pleasures
featuring music from James Carr, Mavis Staples, Simon & Garfunkel, and more.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Boz Scaggs
featuring Boz Scaggs and remembering Jimmy C. Newman, the Alligator Man

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: New Years
with the Rebirth Brass Band, Leroy Jones, Ellis Marsalis, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary and Charmaine Neville

  • Added: Dec 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58