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.

Jesse Winchester, Wayne & Jayne Henderson

May 30, 2017

We’ll remember the late singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, through his music and his own words. Then a visit to Rugby, VA for a close listen into sustainable guitars and ukuleles, made by Jayne and Wayne Henderson, of Henderson Guitars.

Koko Taylor
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. Each year, American Routes honors National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows. This week, host Nick Spitzer bring you conversations blueswoman Koko Taylor and rockabilly Wanda Jackson.

Memorial Day with the NEA National Heritage Fellows

May 23, 2017

American Routes celebrates Memorial Day weekend with a sonic feast from National Endowment for the Arts’ Heritage Fellows--recipients of America's most prestigious award in folk & traditional arts. We'll hear music and conversation from past Fellows: bluegrass picker Del McCoury, rockabilly Wanda Jackson, sacred steel guitarists, the Campbell Brothers, and late blues singer Koko Taylor. The 2016 Fellows included: Mardi Gras Indian Chief Monk Boudreaux, Irish accordionist Billy McComiskey and Mexican-American singer Artemio Posadas.

T-Lou
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, our program travels to Los Angeles, where host Nick Spitzer spoke with Creole accordionist T-Lou. He moved from his home in Grand Coteau Louisiana, and made a new one South Central LA.

NS:      Hey,

TL:       Hey, how ya’ll doin?

NS:      Alright, T-Lou!

TL:       How you been?

NS:      Ca va?

TL:       Hey Man

NS:      Parle un petit peu en Creole?

TL:       Oui, oui, un petit peu…

Los Angeles: Soundtrack for the Angels

May 16, 2017

In this special program, American Routes' host Nick Spitzer uncovers the music and cultural traditions of Los Angeles: from Hollywood to neighborhood. Join Nick as he travels across the City of Angels to hear from L.A. legends -- including Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and songwriter Randy Newman -- and explores musical cultures with Cambodian-born rapper PraCh Ly in Long Beach, Louisiana Creole zydeco accordionist T-Lou in South Central, and East L.A.'s Ersi Arvizu.

Sonny Rollins
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at the upcoming show. This week, we celebrate Mothers Day with a montage of musicians, honoring their moms. To hear the full program, tune into WWNO Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6 or listen at americanroutes.org

We’ve got saxophonist Sonny Rollins on the essential support from his mother to persevere in jazz. Also Creole accordionist Geno Delafose tells of Mama coming out to the dance hall. And St. Louis soul singer Fontella Bass telling a tale of trying to take a train out of town, until her mother found out.

Mother’s Day

May 9, 2017

American Routes celebrates Mother's Day with Marty Stuart and his mom, Hilda. We'll talk about their shared love of photography and a certain girl singer, Connie Smith. Then we'll hear stories about mothers from Fontella Bass, Sonny Rollins, Bo Diddley, and Geno Delafose, among others. Plus songs from blues to bluegrass about and for dear old mom.

Herlin Riley
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we highlight Jazz Fest performers from yesterday and today. Host Nick Spitzer spoke with New Orleans jazz drummer Herlin Riley at his drum kit about playing with pianist Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, and growing up in a musical family in the Lower Ninth Ward.

HR: My uncles had the Lastie Brothers Combo, and they would rehearse at my grandmother’s house - I was a baby, they would actually wheel my crib into the room where they were rehearsing -

News Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals of Now and Yore

May 2, 2017

This week on American Routes, we're celebrating the 47th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with songs and interviews from the performers that make the festival happen. We hear from longtime local favorites, like chanteuse Topsy Chapman and funk drummer Herlin Riley...

Charles Lloyd
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Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peek at our upcoming show. This week, we visit with modern saxophonist Charles Lloyd. He played alongside everyone from Ornette Coleman to the Beach Boys. But before all that, Charles Lloyd discovered his love for the saxophone in the blues, in his hometown of Memphis. To hear the full program, join us Saturdays at 7 or Sundays at 6 on WWNO, or listen at Americanroutes.org

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