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 April 25, 2013

Jon Cleary's Alchemy of the Groove

Jon Cleary on Music Inside Out.
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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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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Shannon Powell & His Drums

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The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? "I'm happy," Powell tells Music Inside Out. "I was a happy child. I'm a happy spirit."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

The Pfabulous Pfister Sisters

The Pfister Sisters.
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Listen to Gwen & 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 March 28, 2013

Givonna Joseph's OperaCréole

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Listen to Gwen & Givonna

Mezzo sopranos are often the bad girls of opera — the floozies, the gossips, the witches, the like. So how did a good girl like Givonna Joseph get mixed up with such characters? Turns out, bad girls have the most fun.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Music Inside Out's Greatest Hits

Thursday's show

Don't miss the Music Inside Out grand slam this week. We're playing some of the best stories, songs, and moments from our first season. Review with us, if you will, our musical guests and hip shakin' moments.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:01 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Shannon Powell: Playing in the Spotlight

Shannon Powell.
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Listen to the conversation

When does a side dish become the main attraction?? When it's as hot and zesty as Shannon Powell on the bandstand. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Three Degrees of David Torkanowsky

David Torkanowsky.
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Forget "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." In New Orleans, it's more fun to play three degrees of David Torkanowsky.

As a piano player and band leader, Torkanowsky is equally comfortable pushing the edges of jazz, funk, blues and rhythm and blues. Aside from his solo projects, Torkanowsky has collaborated with so many musical legends — Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Earl Turbington, Tony DaGradi, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Dianne Reeves and Errol Garner, among them — that he now enjoys his own legendary patina.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Songs for the Soul

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At Music Inside Out, we can't save your soul. But we can help you sponge it clean.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:01 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Allen Toussaint & Some Carnival Music

Allen Toussaint.
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For half a century, New Orleans producer, arranger, and songwriter has given entertainers around the world something to sing about. 

He's written R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And he's learned a few things along the way. Toussaint shares his creative insights with Music Inside Out.  Lesson Number One: The artist is king... or queen.  

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:28 am
Sun February 3, 2013

A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.
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Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 5:21 pm

In March, country music star Jason Aldean is playing Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 10 minutes. Fans want to hear his latest No. 1 song, "Take a Little Ride."

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