interviews

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Irma Thomas' Influences

Irma Thomas, on Music Inside Out.

Irma Thomas returns to Music Inside Out for a whole new, fresh, hot buttered and yummy conversation. The Queen of New Orleans Soul pays her respects to some of her musical influences and talks about the bottom line of a Grammy Award. Turns out, there's a reason why they call it show business.

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NolaVie
2:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Fabric Connoisseur in Our Midst

Herbert Halpern.
Carol Pulitzer NolaVie

Whether you’re stopping in at Promenade fabric store on St. Charles Avenue for five yards of Chanel or a spool of thread, Herbert Halpern welcomes you warmly. He looks a little like a fashionable Albert Einstein.

For 45 years, he has minded and cultivated the store his father, Max Halpern, started in the late 1930s, steering it through some choppy waters. If businesses are forged on deep friendships over time, then Herbert has certainly got the goods.

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Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Out to Lunch — All Natural

Billy Bosch, Benardett Jno-Finn and Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchuiti ushers in 2013 on Out to Lunch with a healthy start. Lunch guest Billy Bosch brought us Monster energy drink; now he's launching his own brew, Iconic. Benardett Jno-Finn creates Sénica natural hair & body products.

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

The Irresistible Deacon John Moore

Deacon John at the House of Blues in 2009.
Jason Saul American Routes

Go ahead, we DARE you. Try listening to this week's re-broadcast of Music Inside Out with Deacon John Moore and NOT enjoying yourself.

As a guitarist, band leader and showman, Deacon John has been delighting crowds for more than half a century. This year, he's played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the White House. He's just that irresistible.  

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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
10:53 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Striking a Chord with Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint headlines this week's Music Inside Out.

Allen Toussaint says he'd rather let his piano do the talking. Lucky for us.

Toussaint's fingers have done the talking on song after song for more than 50 years, defining the modern-day New Orleans sound. He's written, produced and arranged chart-topping hits for scores of artists. And lately, Toussaint has been performing his catalog more often around the world.

This week, Allen Toussaint has plenty to say to Music Inside Out. Check out his major chords. And the minor ones too.

Music Playlist

Classified
James Booker

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Music Interviews
5:37 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

A Few Questions For One Direction

Formed in 2010, One Direction are one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 2:33 pm

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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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