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Music Inside Out

The Wonderful World of Ricky Riccardi

Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring facts about Ricky Riccardi, who directs research collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum Collection in Queens, is that he never argued with his parents. Not once. “Why would I fight with these people?” he reportedly told his wife, Margaret, on their first date.

Over the years, guests of Music Inside Out have described any number of approaches to making a living in music. Some have had greater commercial success than others. They’ve hit the top of the record charts and toured the world. Of course, commercial appeal is only one measure of a musician’s contribution to the art form. Talent, musicality, creativity and imprint on culture cannot be discounted. And yet, artists need the approbation that only a steady income can bring.

Robin Barnes
Robin Barnes

Robin Barnes was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, shuttling between her parents’ and grandparents’ houses and singing the songs they liked to hear. Armed with a tambourine at the age of six, she charmed her way into her father’s cover band. Since then, she’s grown into a commanding vocalist with a repertoire of gospel, soul and r&b classics, jazz, funk and pop songs, opera and her own compositions. Her 2016 EP Songbird Sessions reached the top five on the Billboard jazz chart. But jazz may be a confining genre for Barnes.

Musicians make great teachers and Music Inside Out is shining a light on some of our favorite faculty:

MIO 101: Lyrics

Don't miss the Music Inside Out grand slam this week. We've played some of the best stories, songs and lessons from the season, featuring all the musicians we could squeeze into two hours. Review with us, if you will, our musical guests and hip shakin' moments.

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Louisiana music has such a hold on music lovers around the world that nearly every popular artist borrows from it. Or replicates it. Or, some might say, steals from it.

Radio and Theater Previews

Jul 6, 2012

When the visual media — TV and movies — bring you previews, they're essentially "teasers," extremely short snippets of quick-cut content designed to arouse your curiosity and interest and, sometimes, inflame certain passions. We're going to bring you some previews in the next half-hour, but ours will be extended, fact-based, informative and designed to arouse your curiosity and interest. We leave your passions up to you, here on All Things New Orleans.

One of the exciting new programs coming to the WWNO schedule in July is the locally-produced Music Inside Out — which is being developed and put together by a talented, experienced radio team, including former Times-Picayune and NPR reporter and editor Gwen Thompkins.

Thompkins is a New Orleans native who grew up in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood with a deep love of music.

On this week's episode, trombonists Craig Klein and Mark Mullins discuss their musical careers in Bonerama; Rev. Lonell Wright helps foster community in the Lower 9th Ward; Peter Ricchiuti discusses the surplus of natural gas in America; and Gwen Thompkins pleads for civil political discourse.

 

Take a listen to a special message from journalist and writer Gwen Thompkins on the importance of supporting public radio!