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American Routes to highlight Baton Rouge Blues Festival on Aug. 30 program

American Routes host Nick Spitzer

American Routes host Nick Spitzer

We are pleased to announce that American Routes will highlight the 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival on its August 30th program, featuring performances by Little Freddie King, Lil Buck Sinegal, Jeffery Broussard and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Having host Nick Spitzer—one of the original organizers of the festival—spotlight this year's lineup gives the Baton Rouge Blues Festival national exposure and credibility as a destination music event.

"American Routes is the premiere radio program focusing on American music and to have them covering the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is a huge honor, as well as being a real opportunity for us to get exposure on a national level," says Clarke Gernon, Backstage at the Blues Fest chair and Baton Rouge Blues Foundation board member.

While the program will air locally on WRKF on August 30th, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival committee along with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation will host a listening party on August 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Hear the program in advance while enjoying blues-inspired drink specials. 

American Routes is produced in New Orleans at Alcee Fortier Studios at Tulane University and distributed by PRX -- Public Radio Exchange. Airing locally on WRKF (89.3 FM) Saturday nights from 7-9 p.m., the program—devoted to blues and jazz, roots rock and soul, Cajun and country and beyond—is heard nationally each week on 300 stations and up to a million listeners. American Routes is produced with major support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Endowment for the Arts, and individual donors.