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."


396 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
Caption: Shannon Powell
with Shannon Powell, JM Van Eaton, Ben Riley and Tito Puente

  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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featuring Sarah Vaughn, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin

  • Added: Sep 18, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Kris Kristofferson
featuring Kris Kristofferson

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Margo Price and Willie Nelson
Margo Price, Willie Nelson, and friends

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Lazy Lester
featuring live performances from the 2018 Baton Rouge Blues Festival, including Lazy Lester, Samantha Fish, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Chris Thomas King ...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: The Meters
with the Meters, Randy Newman, Doug Kershaw, and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band

  • Added: Aug 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Cedric Burnside
with Cedric Burnside and Shadowgrass

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane
Exploring the lives of John Coltran and Thelonious Monk

  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:57