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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."


318 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Billie Holiday
featuring Cassandra Wilson and Catherine Russell

  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring the music of James Carr, Bobby Hebb, Mavis Staples and more

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Jesse Winchester
featuring Jesse Winchester and Wayne & Jayne Henderson

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Monk Boudreaux
featuring Dr. Michael White, Beausoleil, Monk Boudreaux, Del McCoury, Koko Taylor and more

  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Capitol Records Building
featuring Randy Newman, Los Lobos, T-Lou, Glen Glenn, Dave Alvin, Big Jay McNeely, Ersi Arvizu, and PraCH Ly

  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Jazz Fest Banner
featuring Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Herlin Riley, Celia Cruz, Lee Konitz, Topsy Chapman ,and more

  • Added: May 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
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