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

Los Angeles: Soundtrack for the Angels

In this special program, we uncover the music and cultural traditions of Los Angeles: from Hollywood to neighborhood. Join us as we travel across the City of Angels to hear from L.A. legends--including Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and songwriter Randy Newman-- and explore musical cultures with Cambodian-born rapper PraCh Ly in Long Beach,… read more

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