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The Food & Music Of Louisiana


Credit Gregg Goldman
The High Hat Cafe

Food may be the most popular subject on the planet. In fact, scientists have long said that men and women think about food more often than almost anything else: more often than global warming or world peace, more than super heroes, more often, even, than sex.

We can't beat those odds, so this week on Music Inside Out we make a grocery list and dedicate the show to Louisiana songs about food.

Musician and author Ben Sandmel joins us for part of the hour. And we're serving up songs that will hit the spot and keep you happy, until it's time to think about food again.


Some of the music in this week's show is available for you to stream to your desktop or mobile device, and we've thrown in a few other tunes to round out the meal. And we've put together a complete playlist (.pdf) of all the music in the show for you to take with you to your local record store.


Here's a recording of the Tin Men ("America's premier sousaphone/washboard/guitar trio") performing "Avocado Woo Woo" onboard the Delta King showboat in Sacramento, CA.

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The Rupert Brooke poem quoted in the photo above is "The Great Lover."

This hour of Music Inside Out was made possible by crawfish étouffée, red beans & rice, chargrilled oysters, boudin with pickled peppers, lima beans, stewed squash, okra & tomatoes, peaches, chicken & andouille gumbo, bánh mì, pho, trout meunière, jambalaya, potato salad, garlic & onions, shrimp remoulade, some apples and their trees, and a couple of beignets. Oh, and a Chick-O-Stick!

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.