American Routes

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American Routes from New Orleans is the weekly two-hour public radio program hosted by folklorist and producer Nick Spitzer. On-air for over two decades, and “built to last,” the program has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011.  American Routes presents 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 curates the tunes and takes listeners on a cross-country cultural journey through American songs and stories. The show uses short documentary features and artist conversations to tell those stories. Artists interviewed on American Routes include Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Dave Brubeck, Tom Waits, Celia Cruz, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Joan Baez, Margo Price, Los Lobos, Drive By Truckers, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Sonny Rollins, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis… and hundreds of others.  


Underwritten by the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and widely acclaimed by Nightline, the NYTimesBillboard and the Wall Street JournalAmerican Routes is broadcast on over 350 public radio stations. The music-to-talk ratio of a typical program is 80% music and 20% talk—giving it a music & cultural information style that appeals to many local formats as a weekend program. In addition to 52 shows per year, there are two pledge drive programs. Custom promos are available.

Series

Caption: American Routes
433 Pieces

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.

Caption: American Routes Custom Promo
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Custom Promos voiced by host Nick Spitzer

Caption: American Routes Fundraising Programs
14 Pieces

American Routes Fundraising Programs for all PRX stations

Caption: American Routes Generic Promo
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30-second generic evergreen promos for American Routes.

Caption: American Routes holiday specials
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Holiday specials

Caption: American Routes Specials
4 Pieces

American Routes occasionally makes episodes of the weekly series available to all PRX stations free of charge. The episodes below are now available.


Pieces


  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:01
Caption: Harry Smith
featuring Harry Smith biographer John Szwed and music from the Anthology of American Folk Music

  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:01
Caption: Tipitina's
with a visit to Tipitina’s and Donna’s Bar & Grille, plus a recipe for a classic New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac, and music for late night parties

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: July 4, 1993 on the National Mall, Credit: Photo courtesy National Council for the Traditional Arts, July 4, 1993
with music from Nina Simone, Randy Newman, Sly Stone and Jon Batiste, plus live performances from The American Roots Independence Day concerts by C...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:01
Caption: 4th of July on the National Mall July 4, 1993, Credit: Photo courtesy National Council for the Traditional Arts, July 4, 1993
A 4th of July special program free to all stations with music from Nina Simone, Randy Newman, Sly Stone and Jon Batiste, plus live performances fro...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston, KAAD-LP, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., KUGS Bellingham, Wash., KLCC and more


  • Added: Jun 23, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:01
  • Purchases: 16

  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:00

  • Added: Jun 08, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:01
Caption: Pet Sounds
Dogs and cats reign as we take your requests and add our best picks, including a few birds, a mule or two and even monkeys.

  • Added: Jun 01, 2021
  • Length: 01:59:02