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American Routes

Unabridged   2.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/14/2008

American Routes

Songs and Stories from the Road

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598876253


Take a journey across the American soundscape—from the bayous to the beltways, from crossroads to crosstown, from coast to coast, embracing a wide swath of our musical culture and exploring the boundaries where genres meet and overlap.

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Product Description

In his weekly radio program heard on public radio stations nationwide and distributed by American Public Media , folklorist Spitzer leads listeners on a lively journey through American music and the evolution of its many styles from A (avant-garde) to Z (zydeco).

Even in divisive times, there’s one thing about America everyone loves: its music. Produced in New Orleans, American Routes embraces and explores all kinds 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.

Each week, program host and creator Nick Spitzer talks with well-known artists, lesser-known studio musicians, and little-known buskers. Songs, stories, interviews, and conversations reveal the origins of American music, musicians, and cultures (the roots) and the many directions they have taken over time (the routes). The show pays tribute to historic heroes, celebrates great musicians of today, and hits the road, traveling from street parades to juke joints, bayous to beltways.

  • Introduction with Nick Spitzer
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Antique Radio Museum, St. Louis
  • Tom Waits
  • Tito Puente
  • Rufus Thomas
  • Sea Breeze Beach
  • Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
  • Nina Simone
  • Dolly Parton
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Feufollet
  • Tremé Sidewalk Steppers and Rebirth Brass Band Second Line

Author Bio

NICK SPITZER is an internationally recognized folklorist. He has served as a documentary, record, film, and festival producer for the Smithsonian Institution and PBS, and as an independent cultural producer for NPRs All Things Considered. He is on faculty at Tulane University.

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