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Each week, Nick Spitzer covers vast musical and cultural ground. Hear blues and jazz, roots rock and soul, Cajun and country, zydeco and Tejano... and beyond. Plus stories and conversations with musicians and everyday people, known and unknown.

Each week, Nick Spitzer covers vast musical and cultural ground. Hear blues and jazz, roots rock and soul, Cajun and country, zydeco and Tejano... and beyond. Plus stories and conversations with musicians and everyday people, known and unknown.
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Towson, MD

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Each week, Nick Spitzer covers vast musical and cultural ground. Hear blues and jazz, roots rock and soul, Cajun and country, zydeco and Tejano... and beyond. Plus stories and conversations with musicians and everyday people, known and unknown.

Language:

English

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202 Alcee Fortier Hall Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118 763-513-9988


Episodes

American Routes Live on New Year's (Hour 1)

12/28/2011
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The best live music collaborations from the 2011 Jazz Fest season in New Orleans. Each year, music from the festival at the fairgrounds spills over into the streets and clubs of our city. We'll camp out at Preservation Hall for an evening of jazz and country with the?Preservation Hall Jazz Band?and Nashville song man?Buddy Miller, with special guest?Robert Plant. Then we'll catch the?Hot 8 Brass Band?and?Mos Def?at the Howlin' Wolf across town. Plus more musical surprises.

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Red, Green & Blue Xmas (Hour 1)

12/21/2011
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American Routes has made its list and there's no need to check it twice. Join us for our favorite holiday tunes, from the hep jive of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to the cool sentiments of Frank Sinatra and Elvis and the ecstatic vibe of Celia Cruz and Bela Fleck. Plus yuletide memories from Diana Krall,Solomon Burkeand other special guests. Be ready to bachata, boogie and second line as we celebrate the season.

Red, Green & Blue Xmas (Hour 2)

12/21/2011
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American Routes has made its list and there's no need to check it twice. Join us for our favorite holiday tunes, from the hep jive of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to the cool sentiments of Frank Sinatra and Elvis and the ecstatic vibe of Celia Cruz and Bela Fleck. Plus yuletide memories from Diana Krall,Solomon Burkeand other special guests. Be ready to bachata, boogie and second line as we celebrate the season.

Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot (Hour 1)

12/14/2011
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Loretta Lynnblazed a trail through the male-dominated world of country music, bringing her experience as a mother and wife to songwriting and challenging stereotypes along the way. Rockabilly guitarist and singerBill Kirchenmight be best known for his time in Commander Cody's band, and his hot licks on "Hot Rod Lincoln," but we'll learn more about the man called the "Titan of the Telecaster." Then we'll stop for a few environmentally sound Cajun tunes and visit with a band of brothers,Les...

Words to the Wise: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen & Les Freres Michot (Hour 2)

12/14/2011
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Loretta Lynnblazed a trail through the male-dominated world of country music, bringing her experience as a mother and wife to songwriting and challenging stereotypes along the way. Rockabilly guitarist and singerBill Kirchenmight be best known for his time in Commander Cody's band, and his hot licks on "Hot Rod Lincoln," but we'll learn more about the man called the "Titan of the Telecaster." Then we'll stop for a few environmentally sound Cajun tunes and visit with a band of brothers,Les...

How to Improvise: Bela Fleck & Jason Marsalis (Hour 1)

12/7/2011
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This week we meet with two practitioners of the art of improvisation.Bela Fleckjoins us for a conversation about banjo traditions and experimentation in bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Then we'll head to the studio for a jazz breakdown by New Orleans master percussionistJason Marsalis.

How to Improvise: Bela Fleck & Jason Marsalis (Hour 2)

12/7/2011
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This week we meet with two practitioners of the art of improvisation.Bela Fleckjoins us for a conversation about banjo traditions and experimentation in bluegrass, jazz and classical music. Then we'll head to the studio for a jazz breakdown by New Orleans master percussionistJason Marsalis.

Nashville (Hour 1)

11/30/2011
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Nashville has been a hub of playing and recording country music for over 50 years while also generating a steady stream of regional R&B hits. Come backstage at theGrand Ole Opryand meet the people who make it work, from ushers and announcers to long-time cast membersPorter Wagoner,Marty Stuartand others. Pop into the venerableGruhn's Guitars, grab a bite at thePancake Pantryand pay respects at country music's finest final resting place,Spring Hill Cemetery.

Nashville (Hour 2)

11/30/2011
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Nashville has been a hub of playing and recording country music for over 50 years while also generating a steady stream of regional R&B hits. Come backstage at theGrand Ole Opryand meet the people who make it work, from ushers and announcers to long-time cast membersPorter Wagoner,Marty Stuartand others. Pop into the venerableGruhn's Guitars, grab a bite at thePancake Pantryand pay respects at country music's finest final resting place,Spring Hill Cemetery.

2011 NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert (Hour 1)

11/23/2011
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Celebrate the 2011 National Heritage Fellows live in concert withAmerican Routes. Nick hosts the evening of music and stories, honoring the nation's finest practitioners of traditional arts. In this 30th anniversary year of the Fellowship, fellows include Hawaiian slack key guitaristLedward Kaapana, Piedmont bluesmanWarner Williams, Brazilian percussionistCarlinhos Pandeiro de OuroandChief Bo Dollisof theWild Magnolias.

2011 NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert (Hour 2)

11/23/2011
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Celebrate the 2011 National Heritage Fellows live in concert withAmerican Routes. Nick hosts the evening of music and stories, honoring the nation's finest practitioners of traditional arts. In this 30th anniversary year of the Fellowship, fellows include Hawaiian slack key guitaristLedward Kaapana, Piedmont bluesmanWarner Williams, Brazilian percussionistCarlinhos Pandeiro de OuroandChief Bo Dollisof theWild Magnolias.

Horsepower: The Cowboy Rides Into the Future (Hour 1)

11/16/2011
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This week onAmerican Routeswe're exploring the life of the cowboy. We'll visit with several real, working cowboys, including a few who can sing a tune or two.Wylie Gustafsonmight be better known as the man behind the Yahoo yodel, but we'll talk ranching and horses, as well as music. Then we'll visit with Creole cowboyGeno Delafoseto learn how he mixes zydeco with cattle raising. Plus a couple of Cracker cowboys share tales of cow-hunting, and lots of music to get you out on the trail.

Horsepower: The Cowboy Rides Into the Future (Hour 2)

11/16/2011
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This week onAmerican Routeswe're exploring the life of the cowboy. We'll visit with several real, working cowboys, including a few who can sing a tune or two.Wylie Gustafsonmight be better known as the man behind the Yahoo yodel, but we'll talk ranching and horses, as well as music. Then we'll visit with Creole cowboyGeno Delafoseto learn how he mixes zydeco with cattle raising. Plus a couple of Cracker cowboys share tales of cow-hunting, and lots of music to get you out on the trail.

La La Brooks & Frankie Ford (Hour 1)

11/9/2011
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We're rocking and rolling with two icons of 60s pop. First, it's the voice behind some of the most well-known songs from the girl group era:La La Brooks, of the Crystals. La La sang the lead on the classic hit "Da Doo Ron Ron" when she was just a teenager! She shares stories of her time singing for Phil Spector, and starring on Broadway. We'll also visit with Gretna, Louisiana'sFrankie Ford, whose early 60's hit "Sea Cruise" set the New Orleans R&B scene sailing on the charts.

La La Brooks & Frankie Ford (Hour 2)

11/9/2011
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We're rocking and rolling with two icons of 60s pop. First, it's the voice behind some of the most well-known songs from the girl group era:La La Brooks, of the Crystals. La La sang the lead on the classic hit "Da Doo Ron Ron" when she was just a teenager! She shares stories of her time singing for Phil Spector, and starring on Broadway. We'll also visit with Gretna, Louisiana'sFrankie Ford, whose early 60's hit "Sea Cruise" set the New Orleans R&B scene sailing on the charts.

Crossover Dreams: Latin Music in America (Hour 1)

11/2/2011
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Join us for conversation withLos Loboson their mix of American pop and Mexican traditions. We'll visitLos Cenzontles, a community arts center in San Francisco dedicated to the teaching of Mexican music, and drop by a Philadelphia radio show spinning salsa hits for the neighborhood. Then, we'll sit in with pianist and bandleaderOscar Hernandezof theSpanish Harlem Orchestra. Plus a special performance by San Antonio's queen of the conjunto accordion,Eva Ybarra.

Crossover Dreams: Latin Music in America (Hour 2)

11/2/2011
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Join us for conversation withLos Loboson their mix of American pop and Mexican traditions. We'll visitLos Cenzontles, a community arts center in San Francisco dedicated to the teaching of Mexican music, and drop by a Philadelphia radio show spinning salsa hits for the neighborhood. Then, we'll sit in with pianist and bandleaderOscar Hernandezof theSpanish Harlem Orchestra. Plus a special performance by San Antonio's queen of the conjunto accordion,Eva Ybarra.

Saints and Spirits (Hour 1)

10/26/2011
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Explore the spiritual realm of New Orleans and South Louisiana through words and music on this weekend of All Souls' and All Saints'. Our very own, Ninth-ward, R&B buddha,Fats Domino, drops by and unveils his personal spirituality. Visit the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau with author, anthropologist and believerMartha Ward. Plus, Creole artist, musician and traiteurDennis Paul Williamsdiscusses the mystical power of the zydeco and his own healing practices.

Saints and Spirits (Hour 2)

10/26/2011
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Explore the spiritual realm of New Orleans and South Louisiana through words and music on this weekend of All Souls' and All Saints'. Our very own, Ninth-ward, R&B buddha,Fats Domino, drops by and unveils his personal spirituality. Visit the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau with author, anthropologist and believerMartha Ward. Plus, Creole artist, musician and traiteurDennis Paul Williamsdiscusses the mystical power of the zydeco and his own healing practices.

Guitar Heroes: Pat Martino & Ben Hall (Hour 1)

10/19/2011
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Join us this week for an exploration of the guitar in jazz, blues and country music. We'll visit with modern jazz guitaristPat Martinoat his home in Philadelphia and find out more about his formulas for playing jazz solos. Then it's a conversation with up and coming thumbpicking guitaristBen Hall, who walks us through the Merle Travis songbook.
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