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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."


336 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Charlie Gabriel
featuring Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Quebe Sisters

  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Nat Hentoff
featuring Laura Cantrell, Toussaint McCall, and Nat Hentoff

  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Ponderosa Stomp 2017
featuring Dr. Ike, Duane Eddy, and Barbara Lynn

  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Prison Work Songs, by Arhoolie Records
featuring Charles Neville, the field recordings of Henry Oster and more

  • Added: Sep 26, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Tito Puente
featuring Tito Puente and Nati Cano

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Sam Phillips, Rufus Thomas, Candi Staton and more

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Sonny Burgess
featuring Sonny Burgess and Snooks Eaglin

  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Alison Krauss
featuring Alison Krauss and Alynda Segarra

  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Flaco Jimenez, Doug Sahm, and Freddie Fender
Featuring Max Baca, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, and members if Sunny and the Sun Liners

Bought by WDCB


  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jeff Tweedy
featuring Jeff Tweedy and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

  • Added: Aug 08, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
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Featuring the music of Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, Wilco, and more.

  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Bob Dylan
featuring Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, and Jerry Wexler

  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring San Diego surfers and Sea Breeze Beach, NC

  • Added: Jul 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: The Real Ambassadors
featuring Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstong bandmate Arvell Shaw, AFN DJ Rik De Lisle, Hungarian ambassador Andras Simonyi, and Russian rocker/documenta...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jim Kweskin Jug Band
featuring , Judy Collins, Jim Kweskin, Jerry Garcia, Alan Lomax, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt and more

  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: CJ Chenier
featuring live performances for Festival International 2017, and interviews with Bonsoir Catin and CJ Chenier

  • Added: Jun 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Billie Holiday
featuring Cassandra Wilson and Catherine Russell

  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59