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."


445 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Dave Bartholomew
with Dave Bartholomew, Earl Palmer, Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, and the Meters.

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Irma Thomas
live from the 2019 French Quarter Festival with Preservation Hall, Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, and more.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Masakowski Family
with Ellis Maralis, Dan Auerbach, Rosanne Cash, and the Masakowski family

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
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with Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Cynthia Girtley, and Abbey Lincoln

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
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from Lotte Lenya singing Mack the Knife and a Japanese take on Tighten Up, to Ray Charles and Ringo

  • Added: May 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Barbara Lynn
With Barbara Lynn, Eddie Bond, Don & Cindy Roy, Ethel Raim, Kelly Church, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, Manuel Cuevas, Ofelia Esparza, Marion Coleman, Ledw...

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Charlie Louvin with brother Ira
with the Paschall Brothers, Charlie Louvin and the Santa Maria Produce Company

  • Added: Apr 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson remembered by Johnny Shines, Henry Townsend, Robert Junior Lockwood, and Lonnie Pitchford.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Mar 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Marquise Knox
Albert Lee, Phil Wiggins, Marquis Knox and Steve Riley

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Cha Wa
with Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Cha Wa

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59