American Routes: Songs and Stories from the Road


American Routes: Songs and Stories from the Road Folk & Traditional
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Hosted by Nick Spitzer, 'American Routes is the weekly radio program from New Orleans that presents an exciting range of musical styles--blues and jazz, root rock and soul, country and Cajun, zydeco and Tejano. 'American Routes' combines songs and stories to describe both the origins of our music, musicians, and cultures--the 'roots'--and the many directions they take over time--the 'routes.' This collection features outstanding interviews and music from the first 10 yars of the show, including Dave Brubeck, Tom Waits, Tito Puente, Nina Simone, Jerry Garcia, and many others. (2 CDs/2.5 hours; UNABRIDGED)

Editorial Reviews

In the New Orleans-based radio program American Routes (, host Spitzer travels the United States tracing our musical roots. He covers various musical styles—from blues and jazz to country and Cajun—via interviews, performances, and delightful stories that make the music come alive. This collection reflects the show's first ten years and features luminaries including Nina Simone, Jerry Garcia, and Tito Puente. Spitzer is an excellent raconteur and a charming interviewer. Essential for all public libraries and for academic and special libraries collecting music history. [Audio clip available through—Ed.]—Susan G. Baird, formerly with Oak Lawn P.L., IL

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