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."


181 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Oct 30, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Yusef Lateef
Robert Randolph, Calvin Cooke and Yusef Lateef

  • Added: Oct 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Oct 21, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Los Lobos
Los Lobos, Los Cenzontles, Oscar Hernandez and more

  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Bobby Rush
Bobby Rush, George Jones, David Watts and more

  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Sep 30, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Ernie Vincent
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles with Barry Ancelet, Ernie Vincent, Bruce Raeburn

  • Added: Sep 16, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Sep 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Baby Washington
Baby Washington, Maxine Brown, Chris Clark, Pinettes Brass Band

  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: The Meters
Live recordings from The Meters, Drive-By Truckers, and Baton Rouge Blues Festival

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Aug 19, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Lost Bayou Ramblers
Iris DeMent and Lost Bayou Ramblers

  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Aug 05, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Tremé Brass Band
the Lewis Family Museum, Haney's Big House & New Orleans Jazz Funeral

  • Added: Jul 29, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Clark Terry
featuring interviews with Clark Terry, George Wein, Joan Baez and more

  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Jul 15, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Jul 08, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jun 24, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57