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."


464 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Mar 31, 2020
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Bessie Smith , Credit: Carl Van Vechten, restored by Adam Cuerden
exploring the life and times of Bessie Smith, featuring conversations with Annika Chambers and classic songs by Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and A...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
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  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Sun Ra
With music from the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Sun Ra and Our Native Daughters.

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Cha Wa
with Maroon Queen Cherice “Reesie” Harrison-Nelson and Cha Wa

  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Feb 11, 2020
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  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Guilty Pleasures
featuring music from James Carr, Mavis Staples, Simon & Garfunkel, and more.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
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  • Added: Jan 14, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Boz Scaggs
featuring Boz Scaggs and remembering Jimmy C. Newman, the Alligator Man

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: New Years
with the Rebirth Brass Band, Leroy Jones, Ellis Marsalis, Little Freddie King, Jon Cleary and Charmaine Neville

  • Added: Dec 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Xmas Bonfires
Classic songs to celebrate the winter holidays plus a visit to South Louisiana’s Christmas Eve bonfires lighting the way for Papa Noel along the Mi...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:59:00

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Linda Goss
with Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Dan Ansotegui, Balla Kouyate, and Linda Goss, as well as great recordings of fellows from years gone by.

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57