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American Routes

Series produced by 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."


248 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Feb 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Carnival in Limoux
featuring Monk Boudreaux, Southern France and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Richard Thompson
featuring Richard Thompson and Zachary Richard

  • Added: Jan 26, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Rhiannon Giddens
featuring Ray Charles, Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemmons, Justin Robinson and more

  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring Albert Murray, Julian Bond, Harry Belafonte, Mable John and Captain Doc Hawley

  • Added: Jan 12, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Robert Crumb
featuring R. Crumb and Jerry Zolten

  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Michael Doucet
featuring Dr. Michael White, Beausoleil, Little Freddie King, Electrifying Crown Seekers and Topsy Chapman

  • Added: Jan 04, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 22, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Allen Toussaint
Featuring archived interviews with Allen Toussaint

  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring John McEuen, Gary Burton and Jake Shimabukuro

  • Added: Dec 08, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Dec 01, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Drink Small, Credit: Michael G. Stewart
featuring BB King, Ralph Stanley, Drink Small, Dan Sheehy and more.

  • Added: Nov 24, 2015
  • Length: 01:59:00

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Nov 10, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55

  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:55
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Featuring Sam Phillips, DJ Fontana, Scotty Moore, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rufus Thomas and Candi Staton

  • Added: Oct 27, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Robert Randolph
featuring Robert Randolph, Calvin Cooke and Yusef Lateef

  • Added: Oct 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56

  • Added: Oct 13, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Justin Townes Earle
featuring Justin Townes Earle and Captain Doc Hawley

  • Added: Oct 06, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:56