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.

Charles Neville
American Routes

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.

Buddy Mils
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives you a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episodes. This week, it's Horsepower, a look at the life of the modern cowboy. Host Nick Spitzer introduces us to two Florida Cowboys.

Sonny Burgess
American Routes

  Each week, American Routes Shortcuts gives a sneak peak of the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, Sonny Burgess. Sonny grew up in Newport Arkansas. He was a part of the first generation of musicians to mix country music with blues to make a new genre: rockabilly.

Willie Nelson
American Routes

This Labor Day Weekend, American Routes brings you the best of American Routes Live and in the studio. Each week, Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the week's upcoming episode. This week, we go back to this visit from Willie Nelson, when he dropped into the studio with his family band back in 1999.

NS: Welcome to New Orleans Willie

WN: Thank you very much, we’re glad to be back

NS: I wonder if you couldn’t start us off with a little  something

NS: I have one we do occasionally

Shannon Powell
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a taste of the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, it’s Timekeepers: drummers and rhythm makers from New Orleans and beyond. Today, Shannon Powell is live in the studio. He showed us how it’s done on the drums and chatted about music in church, growing up in the Treme.

Lewis Family Museum
American Routes

This week on American Routes: how do we preserve the power of music in museum and memory? Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935 Ferriday, LA. The house he grew up in is now a museum, filled with family memorabilia ranging from religious art work to bodies, buried in the front yard. Host Nick Spitzer spent an afternoon with sister Frankie Jean, the curator of Lewis museum.

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
American Routes

This week American Routes Shortcuts brings you country music’s most beloved and unconventional couple. Marty Stuart grew up in Philadelphia MS learning old time country music. He’d mastered mandolin by age 12. As a kid, he loved listening to the well-respected Connie Smith sing at the Grand Ole Opry. Marty and Connie told host Nick Spitzer how they first met.

Sonny Landreth
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peek into the upcoming American Routes episode. This time, host Nick Spitzer gets a music lesson from Louisiana slide guitarist and storyteller Sonny Landreth. A native of Mississippi who moved to Lafayette at a young age, Landreth found himself mixing Cajun, Zydeco and rock n roll, while writing about life in southern Louisiana. Sonny Landreth joined Nick, live in the studio with his Fender Stratocaster and of course, his slide.

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

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