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."

444 Pieces

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring Delta and Hill Country Blues recorded by Mississippi folklorist Bill Ferris and traditional jazz from the French Quarter by Doreen Ketchens

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Ray Charles
Conversations with Ray Charles and those closest to him, from our archives

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jim Lauderdale
featuring Judy Collins & Jim Lauderdale, and musical selections from Bo Diddley, the Four Tops and Johnny Cash

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Dan Auerbach
Featuring Dan Auerbach and Joel Savoy

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Elvis Presley
Celebrating Elvis' birthday with DJ Fontana, Sam Phillips, Scotty Moore, and more...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Soul Rebels Brass Band
featuring Soul Rebels, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Samantha Fish, and more

  • Added: Dec 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring holiday tunes from Duke Ellington, Los Straightjackets, Joni Mitchell, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and more.

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Eric Anderson
Samantha Fish and Eric Anderson

  • Added: Dec 11, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jerry Douglas
Jerry Douglas and Guitar Shorty

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Anders Osborne
featuring Anders Osborne, Little Freddie King, Dr. Michael White, and more.

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Barbara Lynn
featuring Barbara Lynn, and other past and present recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award

  • Added: Nov 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Robert Finley with Dan Auerbach
featuring the Black Keys, Robert Finley, and Luke Winslow King

  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jerry Lee and Linda Gail Lewis
featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, and sisters Linda Gail and Frankie Jean

  • Added: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Joe Ely
featuring Joe Ely and Roscoe Robinson

  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Fats Domino
Featuring a tribute to the late Fats Domino, Albert Lee, and Billy Boy Arnold

  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring archival interviews with Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Rick Ruben, Marshall Grant, John Carter Cash, and more

  • Added: Oct 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Los Lobos
featuring Los Lobos, Los Cenzontles, Eva Ybarra, Oscar Hernandez, Tito Puente, and more...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57