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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."


224 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Duane Eddy
featuring Duane Eddy, Barbara Lynn and the late-Wardell Quezergue

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: :00
Caption: Deacon John
Featuring Harry Shearer, Deacon John Moore, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas

  • Added: Aug 25, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Rosanne Cash
featuring Rosanne Cash, Cyril Vetter and Little Freddie King

  • Added: Aug 18, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Johnny Winter
featuring Johnny Winter and Jason Moran

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring Jesse Winchester and Wayne & Jayne Henderson of Henderson Guitars

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Mississippi River at Natchez
featuring Aaron Neville, Al Green & Richard Campanella

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Van Dyke Parks
with Van Dyke Parks and Tom McDermott

  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk
featuring McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Saunders, TS Monk, Ravi Coltrane

  • Added: Jul 14, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Jul 07, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
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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