Wednesday at 7:00 pm
“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.”
Dreamers Then & Now Vol. 2: Jesse Colin Young & Leyla McCalla, 4/10/2019 April 10, 2019 | 7:00 pm
featuring Jesse Colin Young & Leyla McCalla
Sisters, Brothers, Lovers & Others: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin and Syl & Jimmy Johnson, 3/27/2019 March 27, 2019 | 7:00 pm
with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin and Syl & Jimmy Johnson
New Blues & Bluegrass: Cedric Burnside & ShadowGrass March 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
with Cedric Burnside and ShadowGrass
Routes Rock & Cajun Stardom: Boz Scaggs & Jimmy C. Newman February 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Boz Scaggs and Jimmy C. Newman
Blues Jukes & Jazz Streets with Bill Ferris and Doreen Ketchens February 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
featuring Delta and Hill Country Blues recorded by Mississippi folklorist Bill Ferris and traditional jazz from the French Quarter by Doreen Ketchens