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: Terence Blanchard
featuring Terence Blanchard, the Coen Brothers and music from Green Book and other films

  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring Delta and Hill Country Blues recorded by Mississippi folklorist Bill Ferris and traditional jazz from the French Quarter by Doreen Ketchens

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Ray Charles
Conversations with Ray Charles and those closest to him, from our archives

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jim Lauderdale
featuring Judy Collins & Jim Lauderdale, and musical selections from Bo Diddley, the Four Tops and Johnny Cash

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Dan Auerbach
Featuring Dan Auerbach and Joel Savoy

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Elvis Presley
Celebrating Elvis' birthday with DJ Fontana, Sam Phillips, Scotty Moore, and more...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Soul Rebels Brass Band
featuring Soul Rebels, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Samantha Fish, and more

  • Added: Dec 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring holiday tunes from Duke Ellington, Los Straightjackets, Joni Mitchell, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and more.

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59