interviews

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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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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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Shoot the Silver with Mignon Faget and Brent McCrossen

Brent McCrossen, Mignon Faget and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Mignon Faget is a brand as familiar to New Orleanians as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior — synonymous with sophisticated fashion. Like Vuitton and Dior, Mignon Faget is also a person.


Mignon is Peter’s guest on Out to Lunch, along with music industry revolutionary Brent McCrossen. Brent’s local company Audiosocket is rewriting how digital-age music gets licensed and musicians get paid.


Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Placido Domingo On Pop Singers And Karaoke

Placido Domingo's new album, Songs, is his first collection of pop music in more than 20 years.
Ruben Martin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Placido Domingo is one of the most influential people in classical music. During a 50-year career, he's played more than 140 roles, conducted more than 450 operas, and won just about every award that a human being can win in opera and life.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Irrepressible John Boutté

Wendi Berman
  • The irrepressible John Boutté, on Music Inside Out.

John Boutté is hard to intimidate. He may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat. Boutté's observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good. What's more, it made our lives better.

For more than 20 years, Boutté has built a career writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others. This week, Boutté tells Music Inside Out how he got so good at finding lyrics to suit his voice, his tenderness, his outrage and his legendary sass.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Givonna Joseph and OperaCréole

OperaCréole: Wilfred Delphin, pianist; Valerie Jones Francis, soprano; Tyrone Chambers, tenor; Crystal Morris, soprano; Givonna Joseph, mezzo soprano; Brandon Richardson, baritone; Aria Mason, mezzo soprano. Not pictured: Ivan Griffin, bass.
Illinois State University

This month, OperaCréole will hold a concert in honor of Scott Joplin and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two composers of African descent, whose operatic works were never fully realized. The group will perform selections from Joplin's much-debated "Treemonisha" (Is it, or is it not grand opera?) and Coleridge -Taylor's "Thelma," which was lost for nearly 100 years before a graduate student discovered it reportedly in the archives of the British Library.

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Interview
1:41 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mahler Symphony No. 5

John McCusker New Orleans Times-Picayune

Farrar Hudkins talks with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto about this week's LPO concerts.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Reggie Scanlan — Bass Lion

Reggie Scanlan
Fantail Media Flickr

There's a reason why lions prefer the company of other lions. Just ask Reggie Scanlan. As a bass player, Scanlan worked with James Booker and Professor Longhair before starting a 33-year run with the Radiators. He's now in a band of all-stars called the New Orleans Suspects.

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Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Coffee And Ice Cream

Peter Ricchiuti, Danielle Boyce Batten and Adrian Simpson.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Danielle Boyce Batten, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cool Brew Coffee, and Adrian Simpson, founder of New Orleans Ice Cream, are allies in the NOLA coffee and ice cream assault on the nation.

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