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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."


297 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: William Bell
with William Bell and Chris Smither

  • Added: Jan 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dr. Lonnie Smith
featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith and Terrance Simien

  • Added: Jan 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Ben Harper
featuring Ben Harper Cand Carl LeBlanc

  • Added: Jan 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Dec 27, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Santa's Second Line, Credit: Chuck Siler
featuring the Zion Harmonizers, Bob Dorough and more

  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:53
Caption: Sun Records logo
featuring Candi Staton, Sam Phillips and Barbara Sims

  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Johnny Otis
featuring Robbie Robertson, Johnny Otis and the Dew Drop Inn

  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
featuring Del McCoury, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and more.

  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Les Paul
featuring Les Paul and Honeyboy Edwards

  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Barbara Lynn
Barbara Lynn and Belton Richard

  • Added: Nov 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Oct 25, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Trombone Shorty
featuring Drive-By Truckers and Trombone Shorty

  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Booker T. Jones
featuring Booker T. Jones and Jimmy Hughes

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Lyle Lovett
with Lyle Lovett and Howard Tate

  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: William Bell
featuring William Bell and Chris Smither

  • Added: Sep 27, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Charles Neville
featuring Charles Neville and Charles Lloyd

  • Added: Sep 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Buddy Mills
with Wylie Gustafson, Geno Delafose and more.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:56