American Routes explores the shared and individual musical threads that contribute to the great diversity of American culture, from blues to Cajun, Tejano to jazz, country to soul and all the stops in between.

When Is Father's Day?

From "Ol' Man River" to "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," we turn to the American songbook for portraits of fatherhood, both kindly and cautionary, from down-home country to down-with-the-man rock'n'roll and soul. We talk to New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis about family life and raising four career musicians--Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeayo. Dan Auerbachread more

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