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Why NPR’s Planet Money started a record label to release a 47-year-old song by a Baton Rouge artist

Earnest Jackson, Baton Rouge musician and subject of a new Planet Money series on how to make a record label
Sarah Gonzalez
Earnest Jackson, Baton Rouge musician and subject of a new Planet Money series on how to make a record label

In 1975, when prices at the grocery store and gas station were higher than anyone could remember, Baton Rouge musician Earnest Jackson wrote a song about inflation -- something Americans know quite a lot about these days. But despite his relative success in the local music scene, and the incredible success of many of his former bandmates, Jackson never quite got his big break.

Nearly 50 years later, Planet Money’s Sarah Gonzalez and Erika Beras decided to start their own record label and release Jackson’s “Inflation” song. Today, they join us for more on what they discovered in their deep dive into the music and record label industry.

Plus, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra – the oldest professional orchestra in the state – is opening its season tonight with a concert of American music. WRKF’s Adam Vos spoke with BRSO guest conductor Chad Goodman about what to expect at the performance.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.