Music Inside Out : Series One

Series produced by Music Inside Out

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins is a weekly, one-hour radio broadcast featuring the people of Louisiana who’ve devoted their lives to America’s music. What makes their music so varied and satisfying is the influence of other cultures — an ongoing dialogue with the rest of the United States and the world.

The debut series from Gwen Thompkins and the producers of Music Inside Out explores Louisiana music with Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, David Simon, the Zion Harmonizers and Shannon Powell.


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7 Pieces

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Here's a great hour to run during the Easter season -- or during the New Orleans Jazz Fest. The Zion Harmonizers are rooted in the quartet singin...

Bought by WGBH Radio Boston, WNMU-FM, WNMU-FM, Radio New Zealand, WSGE and more


  • Added: Apr 04, 2014
  • Length: 52:06
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Allen Toussaint, Credit: © Glade Bilby II
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...

Bought by KCSM


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:03
  • Purchases: 1
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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 tho...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:11
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: David Simon, Credit: American Library Association
In Treme, Simon explored New Orleans’ viability as an expression of its culture. After the 2005 levee failure, keeping New Orleans cuisine and musi...

Bought by Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:02
  • Purchases: 1
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If you’ve never seen Sonny Landreth’s hands glide over the fret of his slide guitar, you should. It’s like watching someone touch the finest of sil...

Bought by KMUW


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:02
  • Purchases: 1
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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 sta...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:00
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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 ...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 52:03
  • Purchases: 1