American Routes

Airs Saturday, 8-10 p.m; Rebroadcast Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

American Routes is the melting pot of American Music on public radio. Every week Nick Spitzer explores the shared musical threads of American musical styles as well as discussing the various differences. There truly is no limit to the genres introduced in this entertaining and informative musical crossing. American Routes is its own play on words: exploring the roots of American music by traveling along many routes to the far reaches of the nation.

The program is widely unique because of its interviews and documentary segments. American Routes explores venues from street parades and roadside attractions to juke joints, tap dancers, and more. American Routes celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 16, 2009, with a concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Performers included Dr. Michael White, Trombone Shorty and Al Johnson. Also, after Hurricane Katrina, production of the show temporarily relocated to Lafayette, Louisiana, while Spitzer and his crew produced a series of shows called "After the Storm," which followed the reconstruction of the region through the stories and songs of its musicians.

To get the musical pulse of the nation, join us each Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for American Routes. 

American Routes is produced by American Public Media. For more information, visit


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