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

It's Carnival Time!

It's Carnival time, and we're hitting the streets for feasting and toasting, dancing and prancing, masking and merriment. We'll visit with Maroon Queen Cherice "Reesie" Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian tribe, as she sews this year's suit. Then we'll chat with Cha Wa, who combine funk and feathers to create… read more

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