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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."


343 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Allen Toussaint
featuring archival interviews with Allen Toussaint

  • Added: Nov 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Phil Wiggins
The 2017 National Heritage Fellows, plus Mavis Staples, Carol Fran, Del McCoury, John Lee Hooker, Elaine Hoffman Watts, and Dr. Michael White.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: George Jones
featuring George Jones and Sam Moore

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Fats Domino
Fats Domino, Billy Boy Arnold and the Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • Added: Nov 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jerry Wexler
featuring Jerry Wexler and Henry Sapoznik

  • Added: Oct 31, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Houma Indian woodcarver Ivy Billot and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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