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.


Pieces

Caption: Guilty Pleasures
from Lotte Lenya singing Mack the Knife and a Japanese take on Tighten Up, to Ray Charles and Ringo

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: The Original Pinettes and Kermit Ruffins
at the 2019 French Quarter Festival with Kermit Ruffins, Don Vappie, Sunpie Barnes, the Original Pinettes Brass Band, Corey Henry, and the Iguanas

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Capitol Records
with Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Los Lobos, Big Jay McNeely and more

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Terence and Don Shirley
with Terence Blanchard, the Coen Brothers, and music from Green Book and other films

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Marquise Knox
with Albert Lee, Phil Wiggins, Marquise Knox, and Steve Riley.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Art Neville
remembering Art Neville and Fats Domino

  • Added: Jul 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dave Bartholomew
with Dave Bartholomew, Earl Palmer, Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, and the Meters.

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58