American Routes

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American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produce at Tulane University in New Orleans.  It has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011. The show presents 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.


 


Each week, Nick Spitzer curates the tunes and explores cultural threads of American music. The program uses short documentary features and artist interviews to tell the stories. Artists heard on American Routes 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. The music-to-talk ratio of a typical American Routes program is 80% music and 20% talk.  In addition to 52 shows per year, there are two pledge drive programs. Custom promos are available.

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American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produce at Tulane University in New Orleans. It has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011. The show presents 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.

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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 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
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