American Routes is blues and jazz, gospel and soul, rockabilly and country, Cajun and swamp pop, Tejano, Latin… and beyond. Songs and stories from musicians describe a deep and diverse nation with sounds and styles shared by all Americans. From the bayous to the beltways, from crossroads to crosstown, on interstates and city streets, turn up your radio for the sonic journey!

American Routes—produced in New Orleans since 1998

Sweet Inspiration: Dan Penn and Trudy Lynn

Singer Songwriter Dan Penn is the master behind so many well loved R&B songs, from James and Bobby Purify's "I'm Your Puppet" to Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and Alex Chilton and the Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby," and many more. We'll talk with him about his prolific catalog of songs,… read more

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