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 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.

Learn more at prx.org/americanroutes.

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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.

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Custom Promos voiced by host Nick Spitzer

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American Routes Fundraising Programs for all PRX stations

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30-second generic evergreen promos for American Routes.

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Holiday specials

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This is a series for American Routes to post special programs.


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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: Irma Thomas and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Live from Preservation Hall with Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more...

Bought by KAAD-LP, WYAP, New Hampshire Public Radio, KMUW, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2017
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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