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
1:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Pfister Sisters Are Pfabulous

The Pfister Sisters

Listen to the Pfisters

Harmony, thy name is Pfister!

This week, the Pfister Sisters sing out and occasionally act out during a rollicking hour spent on jazz vocal harmonies.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Dr. Michael White & His Mighty Clarinet

Dr. Michael White plays Doc Paulin's jazz funeral.
Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

What do you hear when Dr. Michael White plays his clarinet?

Can you hear the bayou? The river? The French Quarter? People sitting on their stoops waiting for someone to deliver the news? Penny parties?

That's not a clarinet in the doctor's hands; it's a time machine.

"I listened to Johnny Dodds' recordings. I listened to Sidney Bechet. I listened to George Lewis. I listened to Edmond Hall. I listened to Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, and so many others. And you listen to that and you say, 'Wow, I would like to capture that feeling.'"

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:00 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Susan Cowsill: The Sound of Happy

Credit Dennis Gardner

Like most girls her age, Susan Cowsill watched The Partridge Family every week on television. But unlike most girls her age, she was related to the Partridges, albeit in a Hollywood kind of way.

The show was modeled after Cowsill and other members of her singing family.

In the 1960s and early '70s, The Cowsills were regulars on television, appearing with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Cash and on their own programs. They also had a string of top ten hits, including "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and "Hair."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Susan Cowsill: The Sound Of Happy

Credit Dennis Gardner

Like most girls her age, Susan Cowsill watched The Partridge Family every week on television. But unlike most girls her age, she was related to the Partridges, albeit in a Hollywood kind of way.

The show was modeled after Cowsill and other members of her singing family.

In the 1960s and early '70s, The Cowsills were regulars on television, appearing with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Cash and on their own programs. They also had a string of top ten hits, including "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and "Hair."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Sonny Landreth: Master Of The Slide Guitar

Credit Brian C. Miller Richard

Listen to Gwen & Sonny

If you've never seen Sonny Landreth's hands glide over the fret of his slide guitar, you should. It's like watching someone touch the finest of silk.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Marcia Ball: Make 'Em Dance

Credit Newber Machado / Flickr

Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can't help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.

"If you can make 'em dance, money becomes a space problem."

Ball's songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.

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A Blog Supreme
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:41 pm

Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.

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Music
10:10 am
Wed May 8, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of New Orleans With Gwen Thompkins And Trombone Shorty

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 2:38 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.

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60 Second Weekend
5:11 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

60-Second Weekend: Beyond Jazz Fest Take Two

Erykah Badu circa 2012.
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Laine Kaplan-Levenson spits the 60 Second Weekend.

Despite flash flood warnings and the Fairgrounds not looking to dry up until next year’s Fest, there’s still reason to celebrate. Music is everywhere, from the Bayou to Tchoupitoulas, and so much so that it’s almost impossible not to end up at one fest or another over the next few days. So whether you’re down to drop some dough, or are looking for a free ride, we’ve got your weekend:

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Jon Cleary's Alchemy of the Groove

Jon Cleary on Music Inside Out.
Credit larrybobsf / Flickr

Listen to Gwen Thompkins and Jon Cleary on Music Inside Out.

This week, we bring you that funky gentleman in the Ninth Ward, Jon Cleary, who  joins us to talk about his native England, his grandmother, the piano back home, his mother's songwriting chops, and a variety of other loves.

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