American Routes is blues and jazz, gospel and soul, rockabilly and country, Cajun and swamp pop, Tejano, Latin… and beyond. Songs and stories from musicians describe a deep and diverse nation with sounds and styles shared by all Americans. From the bayous to the beltways, from crossroads to crosstown, on interstates and city streets, turn up your radio for the sonic journey!

American Routes—produced in New Orleans since 1998

Bourbon Street to Vegas with Louis Prima

"From Bourbon Street to Vegas": a look at New Orleans native and trumpeter Louis Prima, the originator of what's known as the Vegas lounge sound. Nick Spitzer interviews Prima band members--saxophonist Sam Butera and singer/ex-wife Keely Smith--and talks with Vegas gamblers and a pastor at a 24-hour wedding-chapel. Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz… read more

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