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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."


268 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Lloyd "Teddy" Johnson, Credit: Nina Feldman
featuring James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson, Teddy's Juke Joint and performances recorded live at the 2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival

  • Added: Jun 28, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Woody Guthrie
featuring Nora and Arlo Guthrie, Guy Logsdon, Pete Seeger and more.

  • Added: Jun 21, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: James Blood Ulmer
featuring James "Blood" Ulmer and Tracy Nelson

  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dom Flemmons
featuring the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ray Charles, Johnnie Johnson and more

  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Van Dyke Parks
with Tom McDermott and Van Dyke Parks

  • Added: May 31, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Drink Small
with Dan Sheehy, BB King, Drink Small, aerialist Dolly Jacobs and more

  • Added: May 24, 2016
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Charles Neville
with Charles Neville, Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, Yusef Lateef and Sam Butera

  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Flaco Jiménez
featuring Flaco Jiménez and Eddie Palmieri

  • Added: May 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Marty Stuart
with Marty & Hilda Stuart

  • Added: May 03, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Shannon Powell
featuring JM Van Eaton, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tito Puente, Ben Riley and Shannon Powell

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Apr 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Merle Haggard
the late-Merle Haggard and Aaron Neville

  • Added: Apr 12, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Don Vappie
featuring Don Vappie and Nickel Creek

  • Added: Apr 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: The Meters
featuring the Meters, the Drive-By Truckers and the Baton Rouge Blues Festival

  • Added: Mar 29, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dr. John, Credit: James Demaria
with Rodney Crowell and Dr. John

  • Added: Mar 22, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Jim Kweskin Jug Band
featuring Judy Collins, Jim Kweskin, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Rhiannon Giddens, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia and more.

  • Added: Mar 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Mar 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Jesse Winchester
with Jesse Winchester and Wayne & Jayne Henderson

  • Added: Mar 01, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Baby Washington
featuring Justin "Baby" Washington, Chris Clark, Maxine Brown and the Original Pinette's Brass Band

  • Added: Feb 23, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57