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."

454 Pieces

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Caption: Guilty Pleasures
featuring music from James Carr, Mavis Staples, Simon & Garfunkel, and more...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Meschiya Lake
featuring Brandi Carlile and Meschiya Lake

  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
featuring Ben Jaffe, live performances from Preservation Hall, and more...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Monk Boudreaux
featuring Big Cheif Monk Boudreaux, and the music of Carnival in New Orleans and around the world

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Thelonious Monk
featuring Don Was and Michael Cuscuna

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: William Bell
featuring William Bell of Stax Records and Chris Smither

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Prison Work Songs, by Arhoolie Records
featuring Charles Neville plus modern and historic interviews and music from prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary

  • Added: Jan 16, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Mavis Staples, Harry Belafonte, Albert Murray, Julian Bond, Mable John, and Captain Doc Hawley

  • Added: Jan 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Bob Dylan
...featuring Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Wexler and more.

  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Irma Thomas and Preservation Hall
Live from Preservation Hall with Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: The Real Ambassadors
featuring Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong bandmate Arvell Shaw, AFN DJ Rik De Lisle, Russian rocker Stas Namin, and diplmoat Andras Simonyi

  • Added: Dec 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Allen Toussaint
featuring archival interviews with Allen Toussaint

  • Added: Nov 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Phil Wiggins
The 2017 National Heritage Fellows, plus Mavis Staples, Carol Fran, Del McCoury, John Lee Hooker, Elaine Hoffman Watts, and Dr. Michael White.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: George Jones
featuring George Jones and Sam Moore

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Fats Domino
Fats Domino, Billy Boy Arnold and the Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • Added: Nov 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jerry Wexler
featuring Jerry Wexler and Henry Sapoznik

  • Added: Oct 31, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Houma Indian woodcarver Ivy Billot and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Charlie Gabriel
featuring Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Quebe Sisters

  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59