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
1:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Jeremy Davenport on Music Inside Out

Jeremy Davenport.

When jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport got off the road to take a lengthy engagement at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, he said no one seemed more surprised than his former boss — Harry Connick Jr. Davenport had traveled the world in Connick's band, which was and remains, hot stuff.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
3:25 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

"Irma's Sound" on Music Inside Out

Irma Thomas.
Credit Rick Olivier

 

More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, "Irma's sound." This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.

Keep it down, y'all. Miss Irma is speaking.

 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

John Boutté: Tailor-Made Music

John Boutté at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Susan Cowsill & Family Harmony

Credit Vicky Sedgwick / Flickr

Susan Cowsill is one of the great harmonizers in the music business. Just ask Hootie and the Blowfish or Jackson Browne or her old bandmates in the Continental Drifters. The proof is on their recordings.

Harmonizing is a skill Cowsill learned as a tomboy back in the 1960s, when she was trying to win a place in her brothers' band. She got in. And The Cowsills went on to great success on the national charts and on television.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Sonny Landreth: "How Not to Sound Awful"

Sonny plays at Festival International de Louisiane in 2008
Credit Acadiana Center for Film and Media / Flickr

Sonny Landreth and his slide guitar have flown a million miles to entertain audiences around the world — and he's got the card from his airline to prove it. So if you haven't yet seen Landreth in concert, whose fault is that?

This week, Music Inside Out travels to Lafayette, Louisiana to hear the great Landreth play.

Bonnie Raitt, John Hiatt, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton are among his fans. And after hearing our interview, you'll be a fan too.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Professor Longhair's Legacy

This year, the name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.  

Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we're spreading the joy. 

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Allen Toussaint: The Great Collaborator

Allen Toussaint
Fantail Media Flickr

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

The list of collaborations is impressive: R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And all those hours in the studio, with so many types of artists, has given Toussaint some insight into the creative process.

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Your Letters
2:14 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Your Letters: Music Inside Out With Reggie Scanlan

Excellent show –  a great musical memory lane trip during lunch!

— Vicki Kihnemann

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Laughing It Up With Don Vappie

Don Vappie.

This is an unofficial test from the staff of Music Inside Out. Remember, this is ONLY a test:

Question: Who's funnier? 

A. Bruce Springsteen
B. Bob Dylan
C. Laurel and Hardy
D. Don Vappie
E. I hate tests.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:52 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Best of Music Inside Out

Don't miss the Music Inside Out grand slam this week. We've played some of the best stories, songs and lessons from the season, featuring all the musicians we could squeeze into two hours. Review with us, if you will, our musical guests and hip shakin' moments.

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