Music Inside Out With Gwen Thompkins

Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at Noon

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins presents the standard-bearers of Louisiana culture — musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, music writers, and more — as they talk about the art of making music and the songs that influenced them.

Join us for an appreciation of the truly cross-cultural nature of our region’s music. The musical styles, instruments, and techniques of many peoples and lands come together in New Orleans, like nowhere else.

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Major support is provided by the Historic New Orleans Collection, with additional support from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.


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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Treme's David Simon: 'I'm A Storyteller'

David Simon.
Credit American Library Association

He’s been telling the same epic story of the American city for years, one corner at a time — first on the pages of The Baltimore Sun, then in the books Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:29 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Strange World Of Alex McMurray

Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011.
Dino Perrucci

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom: Animal Music From Louisiana

A dog and its man at Laurence Square.
Credit Gregg Goldman

This program was originally broadcast in October, 2013

If this week's show doesn't bring out the animal in you, consult a doctor. You may be a vegetable... or a mineral... or a big block of cheese.

This is the time of year when pet lovers take their animals to church, when Lions and Tigers and Cardinals and Falcons take to the field, and when we turn to Louisiana songs about animals.

We've got birds, bees, a monkey, a horse, and even a cheetah. Yes, there are cheetahs in Louisiana. But the potholes slow them down.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:29 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Three Movies & A Trumpeter

Credit Seán Collins (photo illustration)

Chances are good that you’ve got a little time on your hands these days and you may just find yourself in front of the DVR. We’ve picked three holiday films we like — for no other reason than we’d watch them again if you made the popcorn.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Preservation Hall: Hallowed Ground

Credit Amanda Irizarry / Elephant Quilt Productions

Giants of traditional jazz played here; hell, they still play here: tucked behind walls with a patina worthy of the temple Preservation Hall has been through the years. 
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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Scott Aiges And The Music Business

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts have been the bread-and-butter of Scott Aiges.

He's managed musicians (Astral Project, The Continental Drifters, and Royal Fingerbowl to name just three) through the years and he teaches the business of music at Tulane. For awhile he was a music critic at The Times-Picayune. And he's even worked in the halls of power, serving as the director of music business development for the City of New Orleans. 

He knows the business.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:30 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Chefs Pair Music With Their Recipes

Chef Josh Galliano
Credit Seán Collins

Commercial kitchens are the workplaces (and playgrounds) of some of the most inventive people around and they have some of the best soundtracks on the planet.

When your dinner reservation is still just a pencil mark in a ledger, long before the candles are lit, before the linen table cloths are smoothed and the cutlery is placed just so, your favorite restaurants are suffused with great music. Rock 'n' roll, gut-bucket blues, country, funk, ska, and jazz make the food taste better because the chefs are listening. And their musical taste is just as refined as any other.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Meschiya Lake: Modern-Day Chanteuse

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Credit Babs Evangelista

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:59 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Caleb Elliott & New Releases

Singer-songwriter Caleb Elliott

At their best, pop songs conjure exactly what it’s like to be young. The stories are often simple. But they’re not so easy to write. Because the best pop songs take on the same themes as a great epic poem or a Wagnerian opera. Pop is about the loss of innocence.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:42 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Some Of The Best On Music Inside Out

Shannon Powell, Marcia Ball, Alex McMurray, Dr. Michael White and Jon Cleary

Our good friends at WWNO are in the midst of a fund drive — that niggling but necessary part of the way that public radio in which listeners like you help pay for the programs you love.

Take it from us: the easiest way to listen during a fund drive is with a clear conscience. So give our friends a call and cough up the coin. Then sit back and listen with the smug satisfaction that you’re a member. As they say in the biz: operators are standing-by. 800-286-7002  

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