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American Routes



Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.

American Routes 
This program is available for sponsorship!
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Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes covers the "vast American musical landscape," spanning genres and eras: From Aretha Franklin to George Jones, Los Lobos to Howlin' Wolf, Count Basie to Beck.

Upcoming Programs

Apr 30th, 2015: The Funk Soul Universe: Galactic and Joe Bataan

It’s an exploration of the funk universe on American Routes. New York City’s pioneer of Afro-Latin Soul, Joe Bataan, tells us about his boogaloo beginnings, melding latin beats with soulful sounds and his move toward “salsoul” and rap. And a conversation with Stanton Moore and Ben Ellman from New Orleans’ Galactic about their love of all things funky from the Crescent City and beyond.

May 7th, 2015: How to Improvise: Béla Fleck & Jason Marsalis

This week we meet with two practitioners of the art of improvisation. Béla Fleck joins us for a conversation about banjo traditions and experimentation in bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Then we'll head to the studio for a jazz breakdown by New Orleans master percussionist Jason Marsalis.

May 14th, 2015: La La Brooks & Frankie Ford

We're rocking and rolling with two icons of 60s pop. First, it's the voice behind some of the most well-known songs from the girl group era: La La Brooks, of the Crystals. La La sang the lead on the classic hit "Da Doo Ron Ron" when she was just a teenager! She shares stories of her time singing for Phil Spector, and starring on Broadway. We’ll also visit with Gretna, Louisiana’s Frankie Ford, whose early 60’s hit “Sea Cruise” set the New Orleans R&B scene sailing on the charts.

May 21st, 2015: Music, Comics & Collecting Records: R. Crumb & Jerry Zolten

This week on American Routes we spin some shellac and wax nostalgic with the iconic cartoonist, musician and record collector Robert Crumb, who’ll share with us his love of musical times gone by. Then we talk to educator and vinyl aficionado Jerry Zolten about the story of Paramount Records, started by a furniture manufacturer, whose recorded legacy is now contained in two swank suitcases.

May 28th, 2015: Ladies Sing the Blues with John Szwed on Billie Holiday, Catherine Russell

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Previous Programs

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Apr 23rd, 2015: Women Sing the Blues with John Szwed on Billie Holiday, Catherine Russell

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Apr 16th, 2015: Guitar Heroes

Join us this week for an exploration of the guitar in jazz, blues and country music. We'll visit with modern jazz guitarist Pat Martino at his home in Philadelphia and find out more about his formulas for playing jazz solos. Then it's a conversation with up and coming thumbpicking guitarist Ben Hall, who walks us through the Merle Travis songbook.

Apr 9th, 2015: Festival Time in Lafayette, LA

Join us on the festival grounds in Lafayette, LA for the annual Festival International. We'll sample outstanding live performances in Cajun, Creole, Latin and Blues, including Keb’ Mo’, Sonny Landreth, and Steve Riley. Be sure to get out your dancing shoes for cumbia with Miami's Locos Por Juana, two-steps with Yvette Landry and Cajun waltzes with the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Plus an all-star South Louisiana tribute to the best of swamp pop, Cajun classics and zydeco.

Apr 2nd, 2015: China

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