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

Musical Stars and Cultural Stripes: American Roots Independence Day Revisited

It's Fourth of July, and we dig into the archives for the roots of American Routes. It all began with a series of Independence Day concerts held annually at the Washington Monument before the fireworks show on the National Mall and featured the best of American vernacular musical culture. We'll sample from nearly a decades… read more

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The Meters' Beginnings
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Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals
Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals Learn
Hugh Masekela, Pt. II
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John Szwed on Jelly Roll Morton
John Szwed on Jelly Roll Morton Learn