American Routes

Rhythm & News: Sun • 2pm-4pm
  • Hosted by Nick Spitzer

Presenting a broad range of American music — from blues, jazz, gospel and soul, to rockabilly, zydeco, Tejano and roots rock – American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads that both distinguish and bind these diverse genres.  The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews that take listeners on journeys riding legendary trains, visiting street parades, discovering roadside attractions and meeting tap dancers, fishermen and fortunetellers.  The songs and stories on American Routes chronicle and celebrate both the community origins of American music and the musicians who create it.

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How Blue Can You Get?

Oct 7, 2016

Banjos Lost and Found

Apr 6, 2016

From the earliest blues and minstrel tunes to clawhammer bluegrass and forward to newgrass, the banjo has been a part of American music. This week we visit with New Orleans Creole jazzman Don Vappie and hear how the instrument is used in New Orleans traditional jazz. And feel the zeitgeist as San Diego-based Nickel Creek come by for a live set and talk about building onto their bluegrass base and moving beyond.

The Emperor and the Professor of New Orleans Music

Mar 9, 2016
Ernie K-Doe
Dave Cash

Show Mix 101715

Jan 7, 2016

Music, Comics & Collecting Records

Dec 22, 2015

Billie Holiday: Ladies Sing the Blues & Beyond

Dec 17, 2015

Remembering Allen Toussaint: A Saint for All Seasons

Dec 10, 2015

Thanksgiving with the National Heritage Fellows

Nov 19, 2015
Michael G. Stewart

Modern Traditions: Ben Harper and Carl LeBlanc

Nov 5, 2015

A Grateful Journey: Kris Kristofferson

Oct 29, 2015

Sacred Steel Brothers and a Jazz Master

Oct 15, 2015

Sonic Travelers: Jerry Douglas and Guitar Shorty

Oct 8, 2015

Riding the Rivers and Rails

Oct 1, 2015

Chuck Leavell & Jon Cleary

Sep 17, 2015