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 show explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music and how they are distinguished.

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.

The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures — the "roots" — and the many directions they take over time — the "routes."


379 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Cedric Burnside
with Cedric Burnside and Shadowgrass

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Exploring the lives of John Coltran and Thelonious Monk

  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Meschiya Lake
featuring Brandi Carlile and Meschiya Lake

  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jul 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: San Auerbach
featuring Dan Auerbach and Joel Savoy

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Don Was
featuring Don Was and Michael Cuscuna

  • Added: Jul 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Boom!
featuring live recordings from Preservation Hall in New Orleans and the Montana Folk Festival

  • Added: Jul 03, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jeff Tweedy
featuring Jeff Tweedy and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring music from the Beach Boys, Toots and the Maytals, Wilco, the Kinks, and more.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: The Masakowski Family
featuring the Marsalis and Masakowski Families

  • Added: Jun 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring Eric Anderson and Samantha Fish

  • Added: Jun 05, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Charlie Gabriel
featuring Charlie Gabriel and the Quebe Sisters

  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring Del McCoury, Carol Fran, Eva Ybarra, John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, and the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows

  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Dan Auerbach and Robert Finley
featuring the Black Keys, Robert Finley, and Luke Winslow-King

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Jerry Lee and Linda Gail Lewis
Featuring Jerry Lee Lewis With Sisters Linda Gail and Frankie Jean

  • Added: May 01, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Herlin Riley
featuring Topsy Chapman, Lee Konitz, Herlin Riley, Celia Cruz, McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins

  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin, and Syl and Jimmy Johnson

  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: C.J. Chenier
featuring live performances from Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, and an interview with zydeco-man C.J. Chenier

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59