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."


152 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
Caption: Rosanne Cash
featuring Rosanne Cash, Cyril Vetter, and Little Freddie King

  • Added: Mar 03, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Chuck Brown
with Chuck Brown and Jeffery Broussard

  • Added: Feb 25, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 13, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
featuring Marty Stuart & Connie Smith, Joan Baez, Marc & Ann Savoy and more

  • Added: Feb 06, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 30, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Wylie Gustafson
featuring Wylie Gustafson, Geno Delafose and more

  • Added: Jan 23, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Baby Washington
featuring Baby Washington, Maxine Brown, Chris Clark, and the Original Pinettes Brass Band

  • Added: Jan 16, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring Yusef Lateef, Smokey Robinson and more

  • Added: Jan 13, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Belle of Louisville
Featuring Richard Campanella, Captain Doc Hawley, Aaron Neville, Al Green and more

  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and more.

  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Lost Bayou Ramblers
featuring Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Treme Brass Band

  • Added: Dec 19, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Richard Thompson
featuring Richard Thompson & Zachary Richard

  • Added: Dec 17, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Loretta Lynn
featuring Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen, and Les Freres Michot

  • Added: Dec 09, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Robert Randolph
featuring Robert Randolph, Calvin Cooke and Yusef Lateef

  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:57