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


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Swingin’ the Election: Music & Politics 2012 - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KBRP Community Radio, Troy Public Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, KKRN, WAMU and more


  • Added: Oct 30, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 12
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Available to all PRX stations! Remembering John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WMMT, Spokane Public Radio, KPVL, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 5
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Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie: A Centennial Celebration - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KVNF, Spokane Public Radio, KCSM, KQED, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 50
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available to all PRX stations - featuring holiday tunes from Miles, Frank, Elvis, Celia, Solomon, Diana and more

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KREV-LP, KKRN, Marfa Public Radio, MPR News Stations and more


  • Added: Dec 15, 2011
  • Length: 01:59:01
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Nick Spitzer
host Nick Spitzer brings you some of the ‘lo-fi’ highlights from our eclectic mix of American soundscape

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, Louisville Public Media, and WAMU


  • Added: Dec 02, 2011
  • Length: 01:18:31
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Leiber & Stoller with Elvis Presley, Credit: Everett Collection/Rex Features
Available to all PRX stations - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller interview from 2002

Bought by KPVL, RadioFreePalmer, KEOS, KKRN, WYSO and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2011
  • Length: 21:00
  • Purchases: 8
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featuring Drive-By Truckers and Trombone Shorty: Available to all PRX stations!

Bought by WMMT, KKRN, KPVL, KNAU, WXVU 89.1 FM Villanova and more


  • Added: Jun 23, 2011
  • Length: 01:59:00
  • Purchases: 16