About American RoutesSat. 4 a.m., Sun. 9 p.m. ET
American Routes, with host Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. American Routes explores the shared stylistic and cultural threads of our nation’s music — and how they are distinguished.
05/19/2013 (rebroadcast from 05/18/2013) - Do the words make the song or the notes? What does it take to tell a good tale in music or about music? We put those questions to a few writers of both songs and stories. Singer-songwriter and memoirist Rosanne Cash sits down before a live audience to tell us about her authorial journey, then we chat with novelist Cyril Vetter on translating a musician's life into fiction. And New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King spins a few tall tales from the juke joint.
- 05/12/2013 rebroadcast from 05/11/2013
- 05/05/2013 rebroadcast from 05/04/2013