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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346 Pieces

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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11 Pieces

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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American Routes occasionally makes episodes of the weekly series available to all PRX stations free of charge. The episodes below are now available.


Pieces

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Albert Lee, Phil Wiggins, Marquis Knox and Steve Riley

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
Caption: Cha Wa
with Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Cha Wa

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Terence Blanchard
featuring Terence Blanchard, the Coen Brothers and music from Green Book and other films

  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57
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featuring Delta and Hill Country Blues recorded by Mississippi folklorist Bill Ferris and traditional jazz from the French Quarter by Doreen Ketchens

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Ray Charles
Conversations with Ray Charles and those closest to him, from our archives

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:58
Caption: Jim Lauderdale
featuring Judy Collins & Jim Lauderdale, and musical selections from Bo Diddley, the Four Tops and Johnny Cash

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 01:59:00
Caption: Dan Auerbach
Featuring Dan Auerbach and Joel Savoy

  • Added: Jan 08, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:57