Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins

Music Inside Out

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins


Gwen Thompkins // host

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins is a weekly, one-hour radio broadcast featuring the musicians and entertainers of Louisiana who’ve devoted their lives to America’s music. Host Gwen Thompkins and her guests talk extensively about the fire and sweat of the creative process and parse songs that have influenced Louisiana’s unusually varied musical landscape, music that reaches far beyond the state’s borders.

The standard bearers of Louisiana music are often national icons — from Jelly Roll Morton to Big Freedia, Fats Domino to Tim McGraw, Jerry Lee Lewis to Clifton Chenier, Mahalia Jackson to Trombone Shorty. What makes their music so varied and satisfying is the influence of other cultures — an ongoing dialogue with the rest of the United States and the world.

Each week, Music Inside Out showcases unexpected points of cultural connection. Just as Louis Armstrong loved Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and played an aria from that opera every day — contemporary Louisiana artists live with their ears wide open. That’s why their music attracts fans from around the planet. And that’s why listeners tune in to Music Inside Out each week.

Music Inside Out is heard twice each week in New Orleans on WWNO 89.9 FM: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.

Support for Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Near the bottom, under “I want my donation to be designated toward,” click on the drop-down box and select “Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins.”

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Gwen Thompkins, host of Music Inside Out (photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

Gwen Thompkins, host of Music Inside Out, photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer


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