Saturday Night New Orleans Radio

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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Caption: Connie Allen
Pre WWII songs revived by rock stars and the songs "Crazy Legs" and "Good Lovin.'" Plus a focus on the original songs covered by The Paladins as ...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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In the post WWII era soul music also emerged along with rock and roll. Soul lyrics were especially light, sweet, and even introspectively sweet. ...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Rock n' Tones Bop Boy LP Cover
85 song's you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but all could claim to have made "the second rock and roll song." (Because finding...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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The predominate musical culture of post WWII is loosely called rock and roll yet we don't know where it started and almost all the founding musicia...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2022
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Caption: Rockin' R's
The first rock and roll songs catered to being on the radio on the hope of catching the masses' ears. And radio catered to this new sound of hot m...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2022
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  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
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Exploring the beginnings of post WWII musical culture. When a new, "hot" music emerged from the orthodoxy of established musics. Later we would c...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2022
  • Length: 03:58:59
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Caption: Kathy Lynn and the Playboys
Searching for the first rock and roll song in all the music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. This week, we'll start with son...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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3am Sunday morning introspections on life in New Orleans from the only sober guy in the French Quarter - the all-night show guy at the community ra...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2022
  • Length: 34:13
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Caption: Vaqueros from MN
Integrated into the expected sound of the show, a narrative on art versus commercialism. Culminates with a hard close for membership in last two m...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Rickie Lee Jones
My friend Rickie Lee Jones pointed out to me the similarities between Mae West and all these contemporary singers. Hear it for yourself.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 21:56
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A focus on surf and vocal group harmony songs tonight. California can claim a regional, indigenous music; surf music. Ironically, the blonde Ca...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 03:58:00
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Caption: Mae West Sings Roy Head's "Treat Her Right."
It's the music that defines "us," the post WWII generation so why do we hear the same couple hundred songs over and over and over again? Not here,...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2022
  • Length: 02:59:00
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Caption: Rodney and the Blazers
In the early 1950s, before "Rock and Roll," before Elvis, there were "doo wop" bands. More broadly, there were vocal group harmony bands. Think o...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 03:58:00
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Caption: Willie Dixon
It wasn't exclusively "the blues" that started rock and roll. In previous shows we heard how the cha cha, mambo, bolero, and even sea shanty were ...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2022
  • Length: 04:59:00
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Caption: Les Rhythm Checkers
Tonight's search for the first rock and roll song focuses o girl groups, New Orleans music, and the aura of late night radio is the same aura of la...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2022
  • Length: 03:50:44
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Caption: The Prophets
Starting with rock songs that were placed atop a mambo progression because rock has always been an undefined category of music.

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2022
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The post-WWII musical culture was different. Something was happening. From the bottom up and all around the world, our ears opened up to an accep...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 03:00:00
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Caption: Chuck Miller Posing as Bob Dobbs
Brazilian rockabilly, hula songs, and the many ska musicians who write songs about fictional spies characters are what makes "us" - the post WWII r...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2022
  • Length: 03:32:50
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