NPR music critic Ann Powers talks about her book, "Good Booty." She explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form, starting in 19th Century New Orleans.

Deepa Soul is a Billboard-charting singer from of New Orleans. Soul talks with us about her recording career as an award-winning performing ahead of her performance in New Orleans later this year.


The classic tune "Ode to Billy Joe" by Bobbie Gentry was recorded 50 years ago. Music critic John Wirt is with us today to talk about it.


Singer B.J. Barham appears tonight at the Dyson House.

We catch up with music legend Jimmy Clanton, a product of Baton Rouge High School, who had a flurry of Top Ten hits in the 50's and 60's. Clanton is returning to his alma mater for a concert on May 20.

The romantic notion of a musician holing up in a studio, alone between soundproof walls with her genius and the muses, doesn't hold water in Louisiana. The lion's share of post-contact American musical history has been borne along the curves of the Mississippi River, and no place incubates a tune quite like the cradle of the Crescent City. There's no turning off the faucet of sound in Louisiana; no shutting the windows against the breezes of history or creativity. It's molecular, ancestral, unavoidable.

Louisiana Budget Project Director , Jan Moller, speaks on Louisiana Politics. Moller touches on Governor Bobby Jindal's decline for 16 Billion Dollars from  the federal government for Medicaid funding and Jindal's candidacy for president in 2016.  Also composer Gwyneth Walker talks about her time in Louisiana. She will be hosting a concert on March 22 at the University Methodist Church at 6:30 PM. 

Jim Engster interviews: Roger Villere, State Chair of the Republican Party, about the President's State of the Union address and Senator David Vitter's run of Governor in 2015, as well as,  Steven David Beck, the Director of Music at LSU talks about the Concert Spectacular on Friday night at the LSU Union Theater.

Café Bard Plays Among Antiques

May 16, 2013

Garrett McCutchan is a multi-instrumentalist and world traveler. His material is contained in a binder of yellowed, coffee-stained pages. And it's the music in the background at one of Baton Rouge's hidden lunch spots.

At 72, the prince of R&B has reverted to childhood. Aaron Neville has a new album called My True Story, and it's a collection of the songs he sang growing up in the projects of New Orleans in the 1950s and '60s, back when doo-wop was king.

"I've been into every doo-wop there is," Neville says. "I think I went to the university of doo-wop-ology."