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American Routes

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.

American Routes 
This program is available for sponsorship!
(Contact Ron Horan for more details.)

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

Dec 3rd, 2015: Music and Memories along the Mississippi

Dec 10th, 2015: John McEuen, Gary Burton and Jake Shimabukuro

Dec 17th, 2015: Remembering Allen Toussaint: A Saint for All Seasons

Dec 24th, 2015: Holiday Programming Special

Dec 31st, 2015: American Routes on Stage and on the Road—Live Music for Auld Lang Syne

Previous Programs

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Nov 26th, 2015: NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015

Coming soon!!

Nov 19th, 2015: The Sonic Journey of Alan Lomax: Recording America and the World

American Routes follows the journeys made by folklorist Alan Lomax as he documented the diversity of the traditional music of America, in the face of what he felt was the increased threat by popular “monoculture.” We’ll look into Lomax’s work as a sound recordist, cultural theorist, radio host and above all, shaper of 20th century pop culture through his discoveries.

Nov 12th, 2015: Modern Traditions: Ben Harper and Carl LeBlanc

The singer-songwriter Ben Harper has been on the scene since the early ‘90s, but now he’s digging deeper into the blues with the legendary harpman Charlie Musselwhite. We’ll talk with Ben about the musical journey from his family’s music store to his recent recording that he calls his “graduation” album. Then an in-studio conversation with a guitarist who has played with Sun Ra and now plays banjo with Preservation Hall, New Orleans’ own Carl LeBlanc.

Nov 5th, 2015: A Grateful Journey: Kris Kristofferson

A conversation with a man of many talents: songwriter, actor, boxer, military man, among many titles, Kris Kristofferson, reflecting on his life in music, his songwriting craft, and the nature of gratitude for his life’s adventures.

Song Travels