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American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genres—roots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.
From moody streets and muddy waters to purple mountains and the open range, America has produced an incredibly wide body of music, and host Nick Spitzer samples it all. He takes listeners on exciting musical journeys from the known to the unknown and back again, visiting sites with familiar sounds but also making side trips to the places where Cajun, klezmer and Téjano flourish.
American Routes features interviews with renowned artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Al Green, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Tito Puente, Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Doc Watson, Les Paul, Nina Simone, McCoy Tyner, and Jerry Lee Lewis.