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New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr 

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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Flotsam with a bit of the Jetsons. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. The music that inspired rock and roll. All the n...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 02:12:12
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First half hour includes the show's title about a musical news story. Unfortunately, I still need to get my recording of it. Let's call this epi...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2017
  • Length: 02:15:35
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but are filed under "T" in my music library. First 20 minutes of the show are missing...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:25:57
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The 14-year-old in all of us believes that song lyrics uncover the hidden mysteries of life so that's where my limited investigative reporting budg...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 35:50
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Collector's music from the 1950 to 70s with the type of quirky presentation you might expect at midnight from the French Quarter of New Orleans. Y...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:03:32
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Rockabilly wasn't just a southern music. Wasn't just Elvis and Sun Studios. That's just marketing and you know Saturday Night New Orleans music i...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:31
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Plus I slap myself and hit my chest more than anyone else on the radio.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:47
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All the usual dreck. Third hour has Scooter Gil and Jimmy Donley - two very poignant song writers from Mississippi. Then more dreck.

  • Added: Dec 24, 2016
  • Length: 03:22:46
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Tonight's show, Mexican rocanrol from the 1950s and 60s plus a radio musical. You know, in a theatrical musical, a song springs up interrupting ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:43
  • Purchases: 1
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In a theatrical musical, a song springs up interrupting the narrative. In a radio musical, a narrative springs up interrupting the music. Okay, s...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 43:56
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A retelling of the Shane Fenton story and a whiff of Mardi Gras is in the air down here in New Orleans.

  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 03:27:20
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More riffing on the connection between radio as a legitimizer of music and the musician's difficulty of matching their music to the formality of a ...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2016
  • Length: 02:48:16
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950s to the 1970s. Plus... More sleepless musings on radio. The Fowler doc...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 03:43:24
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Musings on the ultimate late night friend - radio. Plus an audio exposure of the Mousetrap Enthusiasts, my brother and I. As the night wore on, ...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 05:39:20
Caption: My Mentor, Mike Marley
When racism changes everything. A late night recitation on that teenage decision of what will be your identity in matter of your friend's racism...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2016
  • Length: 05:42
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A seven hour show with a narrative about meritocracy - public radio, democracy, decency versus the opposition - unearned privilege. This narrative...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:49:57
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Fund drive show with an emphasis on what the difference between commercial and non-commercial radio means to you. Only on this PRX entry, all WW...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 03:34:52
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Louisiana musicians with the distinguished New Orleans sound "but who's music didn't travel outside of South Louisiana." Lack of luck, not being ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:10
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..." All the non-hits that fundamentally shaped American popular music because all us ...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 02:53:31
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First 40 minutes of the show centers the show's sound. Black bands playing rock and roll before that music became self-aware and highly merchantab...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:23