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

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live from the 2019 French Quarter Festival with Preservation Hall, Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, and more.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
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with Ellis Maralis, Dan Auerbach, Rosanne Cash, and the Masakowski family

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
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with Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Cynthia Girtley, and Abbey Lincoln

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
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from Lotte Lenya singing Mack the Knife and a Japanese take on Tighten Up, to Ray Charles and Ringo

  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Barbara Lynn
With Barbara Lynn, Eddie Bond, Don & Cindy Roy, Ethel Raim, Kelly Church, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Manuel Cuevas, Ofelia Esparza, Marion Coleman, Ledw...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

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