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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."


216 Pieces

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2015
  • Length: :00
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featuring Jerry Garcia

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola

  • Added: Jun 16, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Andy Statman
featuring Norah Jones and Andy Statman

  • Added: Jun 09, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant, Hot 8 Brass Band and Mos Def

  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Robert Crumb
Features Robert Crumb and Jerry Zolten

  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: La La Brooks
featuring La La Brooks and Frankie Ford

  • Added: May 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Béla Fleck
Featuring Béla Fleck and Jason Marsalis

  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Galactic
Featuring Galactic and Joe Bataan

  • Added: Apr 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: The Meters
Original live recordings from Drive-By Truckers, the Meters and the Baton Rouge Blues Fest.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Ben Hall
featuring Pat Martino and Ben Hall

  • Added: Apr 14, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Yvette Landry at Festival International
Featuring live performances from Festival International

  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
Featuring Connie Smith and Marty Stuart & Marc and Ann Savoy

  • Added: Mar 31, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Baby Washington
Justine "Baby" Washington, Maxine Brown, Chris Clark, Original Pinettes Brass Band

  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Mar 10, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Hank Williams' home
Muscle Shoals Sound, Hank Williams' Home & Museum, W.C. Handy Music Festival and more

  • Added: Mar 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Lewis Family Museum
The Lewis Family Museum, Haney's Big House and New Orleans Jazz Funeral

  • Added: Feb 24, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57