Octavia Books - 5113 Octavia Street - New Orleans
Octavia Books Presents more on AMERICAN ROUTES: Songs from the Road
American Routes celebrates
10 years on the air
with a double CD collection
of great interviews and music
In his weekly radio program heard in New Orleans on WWNO and on public radio stations nationwide, and distributed by American Public Media, folklorist Nick 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 at Basin Street Sation, 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.
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 NPR's All Things Considered. He is on faculty at Tulane University.
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American Routes with Nick Spitzer
Songs and Stories
from the Road
Thursday, Dec. 11
513 Octavia St. - New Orleans
Please join us for a special evening with folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of public radio's American Routes.