American Routes

Fridays, 9-11pm
Nick Spitzer

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.

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First Listen
4:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

First Listen: Dolly Parton, 'Blue Smoke'

Dolly Parton's new album, Blue Smoke, comes out May 13.
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Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:31 pm

The cover art of Dolly Parton's latest album looks like an airbrushed T-shirt design you might find in a souvenir shop at Dollywood. Both her flawless, beaming close-up and the mountainous skyline behind are her ringed in artist-rendered ribbons of mist, and the rising sun has a painterly, paradisiacal look to it. What gives her Smoky Mountain theme park its character is a combination of rural resilience, commercial sheen and aspirational sensibility.

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American Routes
1:31 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

An American Routes Spotlight on Musical Couples, Friday @ 9 on WCBE

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Coming up tonight on American Routes, Nick Spitzer will talk with a pair of musical couples, to learn the art of sharing the spotlight and making beautiful music together. 

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3:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

An American Routes Spotlight on Musical Couples, Friday @ 9 on WCBE

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Musical Couples: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola, coming up on American Routes.

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American Routes
11:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Dan Hicks & Commander Cody Tonight on American Routes @ 9pm!

Join us for American Routes for two hours of wry humor, outlandish puns and gonzo attitude when host Nick Spitzer sits down with two high-flying musicians: Dan Hicks and Commander Cody.

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American Routes
11:37 am
Fri May 31, 2013

John Sebastian & Bonsoir Catin Tonight on American Routes @ 9pm!

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This week on American Routes, we travel from the Village to dancehall. John Sebastian talks about his childhood in Greenwich Village, encounters with blues greats Mississippi John Hurt and Lightning Hopkins, and the musical stew he created with his band The Lovin' Spoonful.

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