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.
Ball’s songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make.
This week on The Reading Life: Keith Weldon Medley, author of Black Life in Old New Orleans, and novelist Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal.
Poets Brad Richard and Madeleine LeCesne talk about the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana. Madeline was recently named one of five National Student Poets in a ceremony at the White House.
Don Vappie can play just about anything on banjo — classical compositions, traditional jazz, even funk music. So wherever he goes musically, there’s always an audience eager to hear what he has to say.
What most people may not know is that Vappie’s talent extends to bass, guitar and any other instrument that needs playing. His ears are just that big. And his hands are just that good. Maybe that’s why Vappie tells Music Inside Out that one of his favorite songs is the old Charles Wright hit, “Express Yourself.” Because that’s what Vappie does best.
This week on The Reading Life: Book artists Amelia Bird and Katie Wollan of Baskerville Studio talk about classes and workshops coming up at their nonprofit letterpress printing and book arts pied-à-terre.
James Nolan debuts his new book, You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories.
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.”
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.
Donald Link decided that pursuing a finance degree at LSU wasn't his style, so he opted for a life in the kitchen instead. He's done well for himself: in the past seven years the Link Restaurant Group has won five James Beard Awards.
At one point during his cooking career, Donald Link's co-workers nicknamed him "Hot Shot." Was it deserved? That depends on who you ask. Donald shares his side of the story with us in a revealing interview that takes you from the rock and roll kitchens of San Francisco to his award-winning restaurants in New Orleans.
If you've ever been in business, or been employed by a company of more than three people, you'll know that one of the hallmarks of every organization is well, organization. The best laid plans of small companies and big corporations can easily get lost in the mess of daily duties and decisions. Being able to identify and execute your intentions clearly is a vital part of any successful business.