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."


440 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:56
Caption: Soul Rebels, Credit: James Billeaudeau
with the Soul Rebels, Christian Scott, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Cowboy Stew, James Hunter Six, Samantha Fish, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers

  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Los Lobos

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Autumn Equinox
featuring a soundtrack for the changing season and a tribute to Aretha Franklin

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Guilty Pleasures
from Lotte Lenya singing Mack the Knife and a Japanese take on Tighten Up, to Ray Charles and Ringo

  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: The Original Pinettes and Kermit Ruffins
at the 2019 French Quarter Festival with Kermit Ruffins, Don Vappie, Sunpie Barnes, the Original Pinettes Brass Band, Corey Henry, and the Iguanas

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Capitol Records
with Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Los Lobos, Big Jay McNeely and more

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Terence and Don Shirley
with Terence Blanchard, the Coen Brothers, and music from Green Book and other films

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Marquise Knox
with Albert Lee, Phil Wiggins, Marquise Knox, and Steve Riley.

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Art Neville
remembering Art Neville and Fats Domino

  • Added: Jul 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Dave Bartholomew
with Dave Bartholomew, Earl Palmer, Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, and the Meters.

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Irma Thomas
live from the 2019 French Quarter Festival with Preservation Hall, Irma Thomas, Ellis Marsalis, and more.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jun 18, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Masakowski Family
with Ellis Maralis, Dan Auerbach, Rosanne Cash, and the Masakowski family

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59