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."


166 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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

  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Jun 10, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Earl Scruggs
featuring Earl Scruggs & Tom Rush

  • Added: Jun 03, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Will the Circle be Unbroken LP
featuring John McEuen, Gary Burton and Jake Shimabukuro

  • Added: May 27, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: May 20, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: May 13, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Richie Havens
Richie Havens, Peter Max & Hatch Show Print

  • Added: May 06, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville and Kenny Vance

  • Added: Apr 29, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Apr 22, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Donald Harrison Jr.
Donald Harrison, Jr. and Holmes Brothers

  • Added: Apr 15, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Apr 08, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Apr 01, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Philadelphia
featuring Bobby Rydell, ?uestlove and more

  • Added: Mar 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 11, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55