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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."


198 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Bo Dollis
New Orleans, South of France and Coney Island

  • Added: Feb 10, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Dale Watson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

  • Added: Feb 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville and Kenny Vance

  • Added: Jan 27, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Jesse Winchester
Jesse Winchester, Wayne & Jayne Henderson

  • Added: Jan 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Indie Gramophone!
tales from Daptone, Impulse!, Dust-to-Digital and Swallow Records

  • Added: Dec 02, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Holmes Brothers
The Holmes Brothers, Kevin Doyle, Rufus White and more

  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Teddy's Juke Joint
Teddy's Juke Joint, Little Freddie King, Eden Brent and more

  • Added: Nov 18, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Nov 11, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Yusef Lateef
Robert Randolph, Calvin Cooke and Yusef Lateef

  • Added: Oct 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Oct 21, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56