American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genres -- roots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.
From moody streets and muddy waters to purple mountains and the open range, America has produced an incredibly wide body of music, and host Nick Spitzer samples it all. He takes listeners on musical journeys from the known to the unknown and back again, visiting sites with familiar sounds but also making side trips to the places where Cajun, klezmer, and Téjano flourish.
American Routes features interviews with renowned artists such as Marcia Ball, Doc Cheatham, James Cotton, Steve Earle, Jerry Garcia, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Pharaoh Sanders, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Doc Watson. Tune in to American Routes Saturday mornings from 10:00-noon.
Tuesday nights are trivia night at Grandma Ray's, formerly the American Legion in Grand Marais. WTIP's Will Moore features showrunners Brian Kizzek and Kristy Cramblet on how trivia got started and its growing competitive atmosphere, as well as experiences from some of the weekly players.