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."


362 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Herlin Riley
featuring Topsy Chapman, Lee Konitz, Herlin Riley, Celia Cruz, McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins

  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin, and Syl and Jimmy Johnson

  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: C.J. Chenier
featuring live performances from Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, and an interview with zydeco-man C.J. Chenier

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Teddy, of Teddy's Juke Joint
...featuring interviews with James "Chicken Scratch" Johnson and Teddy of Teddy's Juke Joint, as well as live performances from the 2016 Baton Roug...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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featuring Al Green, as well as music from Fats Domino, Greg Brown, Desmond Dekker, and more...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Little Freddie King
featuring Anders Osborne, Little Freddie King, Dr. Michael White, and Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Margo Price and Willie Nelson
featuring Margo Price, Willie Nelson, and friends

  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Flaco Jiminez and Max Baca
...featuring Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Max Baca, and members of Sunny and the Sunliners.

  • Added: Mar 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:59:00
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