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Catch up with American Routes this weekend

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If you're looking for the perfect auditory accompaniment for a long drive through the country, a hike in your local state park or to make your spring cleaning go a little smoother, check out the archives of American Routes. Read more

Listen to Zydeco Joe on American Routes

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Nick Spitzer interviews Joe Mouton on this segment of American Routes. The Lousiana native began performing zydeco music in his forties, adopting the moniker Zydeco Joe and using his songs to spread stories of growing up on the land with his family and farm animals. Read more.

Listen to Buckwheat Zydeco on American Routes

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Buckwheat Zydeco is the subject of this segment from American Routes. The Louisiana native talks with Nick Spitzer about his start in Clifton Chenier's band and where he's taken the music since those early days. Read more.

Meet the Creole cowboys of Louisiana on American Routes

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Zydeco Crossroads contributor Nick Spitzer looks at the lifestyle of Creole cowboys on this segment from American Routes. Read more.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with American Routes

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With Carnivale coming to a close and New Orleans's biggest parade day happening tomorrow, Nick Spitzer highlights Mardi Gras traditions "in the Crescent City and beyond" on the latest episode of American Routes. Read more.

Listen: Boozoo Chavis interview on American Routes

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After recording the first hit song for zydeco in 1954 with "Paper In My Shoe," Boozoo Chavis left his musical career in favor of horse training. That is, until the eighties when he picked up his accordion again. American Routes' Nick Spitzer met Chavis in 1989 at the Zydeco Festival in Plaisance, LA and recorded the following interview. Read more.

Listen: Queen Ida interview on American Routes

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Nick Spitzer of American Routes joined Queen Ida at her home near San Francisco for this interview segment from 2001. Read more.

Listen: Beau Jocque interview on American Routes

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Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes on WWNO in Louisiana, sat down with the late and  legendary zydeco artist Beau Jocque in this archival interview from 1998. Read more.