American Routes

Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.
  • Hosted by Nick Spitzer

American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genres—roots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.

Allen Toussaint
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming show. This week, we celebrate New Orleans piano man, and producer extraordinaire, Allen Toussaint who died last November. Back in September 2005, just weeks after Katrina, Nick Spitzer interviewed Toussaint at his New York hotel. He was dressed impeccably as ever, with suit and sandals, plus colors that matched from socks to tie to hankie. In a few days he’d headline the Big Apple for the Big Easy fundraiser at...

Dew Drop Inn
Courtesy of the Ralston Crawford Collection of Jazz Photography, Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane Universtiy

On Lasalle St, just across from the former CJ Peete housing project, you can see the dilapidated sign of a New Orleans landmark: the Dew Drop Inn. From the 40s to 70s, in a time of segregation, the Dew Drop played the role of rooming house, barber shop, post office restaurant and above all the top night club in the African American community.

Les Paul
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Each week American Routes brings your Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week’s guest is not only a guitarist, he’s an inventor. Many believe that the late Les Paul developed the first electric guitar back in the 30s. And a decade later, he was one of the first to experiment with sound-on-sound, or multi-track recording. Host Nick Spitzer sat down with Les to ask how he built his futuristic sound, and playing with wife and musical partner Mary Ford. To hear more, tune into...

Barbara Lynn
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Each week, American Routes brings you "Shortcuts," a sneak peek at the upcoming show. Barbara Lynn has traveled the gulf coast club circuit for almost 40 years. Back in the late 50s, Barbara cut a figure in her hometown of Beaumont Texas, earning the nickname “The Black Elvis,” by playing left-handed guitar and singing for her high school girl group, Bobby Lynn and the Idols. Recording for her long-time producer Huey “The Crazy Cajun” Moe, Barbara Lynn made a name for herself with original...

Roland Cheramie
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Each week, American Routes brings you “Shortcuts,” a sneak peak at the upcoming program. This week, in honor of election season, we’ll listen in to host Nick Spitzer’s conversation in 2012 with Cajun fiddler and local politician Roland Cheramie. Roland grew up in Golden Meadow Louisiana, a village in Bayou Lafourche. He cultivated a love for the French language and Cajun culture of his grandparents. As an adult, Cheramie became a radio personality. In 2012 he ran for Town Council of Golden...

Ivy Billiot
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming program. This week, we travel down the bayou to talk to Houma Indian wood carver Ivy Billiot. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with him about his connection to both the natural, and supernatural worlds. To hear the full show, listen on WWNO Saturdays at 7 or at at American routes.org.

How Blue Can You Get?

Oct 7, 2016

When we asked Lyle Lovett why he didnt stick with journalism, he said, Its hard to sing the newspaper. From blues to country to Texas swing, Lyle and his large band can tell some good stor ies, and theyre not all about penguins. Well hear all about it (and more) when we sit down in conversation with Lyle. Howard Tate is a master of soulful singing, bringing his bluesy touch and deep meaning to such classics as Get it While You Can and Aint Nobody Home. Well talk about his life in...

Lyle Lovett
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Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, host Nick Spitzer sits down with country star Lyle Lovett. They talk about his life growing up on the farm in East Texas and how his family stories became his songs. To hear more from Lyle Lovett and the full episode, tune into WWNO Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 6, or listen at AmericanRoutes.org LL: I have great memories of driving from Houston to Lafayette Louisiana, almost every...

Chris Smither
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Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts.

Charles Neville
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American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode and this week, it’s all about the saxophone. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with Charles Neville of the Neville brothers about spirituality, his neighborhood and his role models growing up in New Orleans. For more from Charles Neville and other cosmic saxophones, tune into American Routes right here on WWNO, Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 6. NS: A lot of people refer to New Orleans as a spiritual city; they talk...

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