New Orleans Music

Listening To Locals: People Museum

Jan 31, 2020
Thomas McGovern / Nola Vie

People Museum is about half of what its name suggests. This group of alternative pop musicians has been building a reputation at gigs around New Orleans. The band plans to share songs from their new EP, “I Made a Madman out of Me and You,” at a show at One Eyed Jack’s on Friday, January 31. NolaVie’s David Benedetto spoke with band members Claire Givens and Jeremy Phipps as part of the ongoing series, Listening to Locals.

Raymond Smithee

Each Friday, NolaVie brings us brief conversations with local artists and culture bearers. For their new monthly series, Conversations with Artists, Managing Editor Kelley Crawford will invite local artists to discuss what it means to be human through the wisdom of creative practice. Today, she welcomes Travis Bird of Shotgun Cinema into the studio.

Listening To Locals: Dianella

Mar 15, 2019

NolaVie brings us another installment of the occasional music series, Listening to Locals. Dianella is the latest solo project of songwriter and violinist Danielle Ryce, who’s been playing in the local folk pop scene for several years now. David Benedetto sits down with Danielle to learn about the new project and her latest single, “Oh, Honey.”


Outside New Orleans, Walter “Wolfman” Washington may not be a household name. Nevertheless, he’s spent decades touring as a sideman with some of our city’s best-known acts, such as Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey.

However, as leader of the Roadmasters, and more recently in collaborations with Joe Krown and Russell Batiste Jr., Walter “Wolfman” Washington has emerged one of the most innovative and distinctive guitar players in New Orleans.

Nicola Heindl

New Orleans-based Putumayo Records is celebrating 25 years this spring, and expanding its business model to include streaming, children's books and cultural travel experiences.


Listening To Locals: Edge Slayer

Nov 30, 2018
Courtesy of Edge Slayer


Edge Slayer is a New Orleans-based multimedia artist and music producer. Alongside an LGBTQ+ group of organizers, she helps to put on events that provide positive spaces for black trans women in the area. David Benedetto invited Edge into the studio to hear about her recent creative work in this installment of NolaVie's occasional series, Listening To Locals

Listening To Locals: Julie Odell

Oct 26, 2018
Photo courtesy of Julie Odell

Julie Odell has been writing music for most of her life — often accompanied by just a piano or a guitar. In this edition of NolaVie’s occasional series, Listening to Locals, David Benedetto sits down with Julie to hear about her musical past, present, and future.

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  •  “Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans,” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Treat It Gentle,” by Sidney Bechet
  • “Under a Hoodoo Moon, The Life of Dr. John, The Nightripper,” by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) with Jack Rummel
  • “Danny Barker: A Life in Jazz,” recently reissued with Gwen Thompkins introduction
  • “Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man,” by Harold Battiste with Karen Celestan
  • “Big Freedia: Love Live the Queen Diva,” by Big Freedia with Nicole Balin
  • “The Brothers: An Autobiography,” by David Ritz with Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville
  • “Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White,” by Tom Sancton


Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.

Listening To Locals: Vox And The Hound

Apr 5, 2018
Vox and the Hound

Here's another installment of NolaVie's Listening to Locals series, a spotlight on New Orleans musical talent. This week, David Benedetto sat down with Leo DeJesus and Andrew Jarman of the band, Vox and the Hound, who are playing shows in support of their latest album, Aloha Shores.  

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