American Routes

Saturdays 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Hosted by Nick Spitzer

Nick Spitzer hosts American Routes, a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Latin, roots rock and beyond. American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.

The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews. Our conversations have included Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Lucinda Williams, Dr. John, Margo Price, Ray Charles, McCoy Tyner, Alison Krauss, Tom Waits, and many others. Join us as we ride legendary trains, or visit street parades, instrument-makers, roadside attractions and juke joints, and meet tap dancers, fishermen, fortune tellers and more.

The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures (the “roots”) and the many directions they take over time.

photo by Francis Pavy

A new program will begin broadcasting every Saturday afternoon on KCBX Central Coast Public Radio from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., beginning September 19. According to KCBX program director Marisa Waddell, the nationally syndicated music program American Routes with Nick Spitzer will replace the weekly two-hour variety show Live From Here with Chris Thile, which ceased production last spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been broadcasting reruns.