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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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Back when America had only a couple TV networks and movies to provide a perspective on foreign lands, shows such as Tarzan, King Kong and Daktari i...

  • Added: May 16, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:16
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A show about that small step, the stumble from being an artist to being homelessness and helplessness. Music and readings by those folks who lived...

  • Added: May 09, 2016
  • Length: 02:57:43
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JazzFest edition with a focus on Louisiana music - just in case you don't get any of that at the fairgrounds.

  • Added: May 01, 2016
  • Length: 02:55:48
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Classic New Orleans music from the 1950s to the 1960s to complete the gaps in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's exploration of ... us. ...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2016
  • Length: 05:53:16
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All New Orleans music tonight. A live broadcast from a New Orleans music club that is soooo New Orleans.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:01
Caption: Steve, Libby Rae, Bill and Wes
The Jericho Road Show stops into Peggy Lou''s Show for a live broadcast of Americana as deep and as long as the Mississippi River. Featuring: htt...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:50:48
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Saturday midnight? It's driving song with the radio on but "no particular place to go." Might as well make it down to New Orleans where the sight...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:37
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The night before Easter and there are many more songs about rabbits than Easter so I only cobbled together a set of music. Usually it is a rabbit...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 02:47:27
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From the 1950s to 1970s - the golden era of American music. Collectors music for non-collectors who simply enjoy the joy of discovering the musica...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2016
  • Length: 02:50:07
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With daylight savings time taking the last hour of my show, I figured I would build a time machine during the show. Give it a test at 2am to see i...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2016
  • Length: 01:58:42
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Music from the golden age of Americana, the 1950s to the 70s. Every Saturday night it's the music you've never heard by musicians you've never hea...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2016
  • Length: 02:53:53
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A rebroadcast of the unusual December 2012 show on American music that imitates... Well it's a 1960s Americana perspective on what we thought Chin...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:29
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From the French Quarter, the ancient soul of the United States. That music that was the soul of the nation.

  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 02:49:35
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (who's first names are either Jimmy or Bobby). To start the show - in honor of the Pr...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:43
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Every year at Mardi Gras the city and I reflect on what it means to be from New Orleans. First hour and half is New Orleans music and commentary....

  • Added: Feb 07, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:25
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The term "Indo Rock" was worn by Indonese bands from Netherland during the music's peak from 1958 to 1968. Similar to the US-originated rock and r...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 02:59:38
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I must have fallen into the "Bobby" and "Billy" section of the music library because almost every musician featured tonight has one of those names....

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 02:55:53
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of all singing about Shirley and pink "stuff."

  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:31
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There are so many songs by men focused on "how many women they have" that I strung them together in numerical progressions of 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 32, ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:29
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the 1950s to the 1970s. All the non-hits (because adding money to music has nev...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2015
  • Length: 02:48:11