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."


457 Pieces

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
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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

  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Boz Scaggs
featuring Boz Scaggs and remembering Jimmy C. Newman, the Alligator Man

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: New Years
with the Rebirth Brass Band, Leroy Jones, Ellis Marsalis, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary and Charmaine Neville

  • Added: Dec 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Xmas Bonfires
Classic songs to celebrate the winter holidays plus a visit to South Louisiana’s Christmas Eve bonfires lighting the way for Papa Noel along the Mi...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:59:00

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Linda Goss
with Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Dan Ansotegui, Balla Kouyate, and Linda Goss, as well as great recordings of fellows from years gone by.

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57

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

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Ponderosa Stomp
with Dr. Ike, Duane Eddy, and Linda Gail Lewis

  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Supaman
with Jesse Colin Young, Carlos Santana, Supaman, and Cora Harvey Armstrong

  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:56