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American Routes


“In the history of American radio, no series has come close to Nick Spitzer’s American Routes in exploring the many streams of this nation’s music.”
— Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal

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. Now in our 15th year on the air, American Routes 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.”


Upcoming episodes

Midnight Special, Shine a Light on Me: Prison Music from Angola, Louisiana & Beyond September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Charles Neville, the field recordings of Henry Oster and more

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Recent episodes

Latin Tinge, 9/20/2017 September 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Tito Puente and Nati Cano

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Rock and Soul from Memphis to Muscle Shoals, 9/13/2017 September 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Sam Phillips, Rufus Thomas, Candi Staton and more

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Rockin’ the Blues, 9/6/2017 September 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Sonny Burgess and Snooks Eaglin

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Labor Day: Roots Rock & Soul, Jazz & the Working Wo/Man’s Blues August 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring a live performance from Bill Kirchen

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Of Highways and Home, 8/23/2017 August 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Alison Krauss and Alynda Segarra

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San Antonio Sounds August 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Featuring Max Baca, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, and members if Sunny and the Sun Liners

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Small Town Blues, 8/9/2017 August 9, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Jeff Tweedy and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

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American Feedbag on the Scenic Route August 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm

American Feedbag is a country/Americana duo musically connecting Madison and the Twin Cities. Forming out of Minneapolis band the Reverb Country Du...

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How Many Roads: Bob Dylan’s Back Pages Volume II July 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring Mavis Staples, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, and Jerry Wexler

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Sun, Surf and Soul: Sea Breeze Beach and San Diego Surfers July 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm

featuring San Diego surfers and Sea Breeze Beach, NC

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