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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."


310 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Charles Neville
Charles Neville and Charles Lloyd

  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Merle Haggard
featuring Merle Haggard, Aaron Neville and the Angola Prison Rodeo

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Alison Krauss
featuring Alison Krauss and Alynda Segarra

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Teddy, of Teddy's Juke Joint
featuring Henry Gray, James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson, Teddy's Juke Joint and more

  • Added: Mar 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Shannon Powell
with JM Van Eaton, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tito Puente, Ben Riley and Shannon Powell

  • Added: Mar 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Jeff Tweedy
with Jeff Tweedy and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

  • Added: Mar 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Rhiannon Giddens
featuring Dom Flemmons, Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson, Ray Charles and Johnnie Johnson

  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Ernie Vincent
featuring Ernie Vincent, Bruce Raeburn and Barry Ancelet

  • Added: Feb 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: R. Crumb
featuring Robert Crumb and Jeryr Zolten

  • Added: Feb 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jan 31, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Yusef Lateef, Smokey Robinson, and more...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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