Gwen Thompkins http://kttz.org en The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History http://kttz.org/post/kentucky-sisters-and-old-time-tunes-doorways-history Did you know that John F. Kennedy was a Republican? Neither did I. But that's what one of my college students guessed in a course on news writing. I asked another kid what period followed the Industrial Age and she said, "The Golden Age?" We moved on.<p>But whenever I'm tempted to despair about a generation that looks ever-forward, I buy a cupcake and a big mug of coffee. That's because Launa Reed works at a cafe in New Orleans that sells the best cupcakes in the history of cupcakes — you can quote me on that. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 47389 at http://kttz.org The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina http://kttz.org/post/new-orleans-piano-legends-home-finally-restored-after-katrina Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 40154 at http://kttz.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made http://kttz.org/post/look-back-jazz-fest-where-ages-were-made Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for <em>everything</em>. The city's arms are just that wide.<p>Every performer is welcome. This year, singer Patti Smith held a crowd spellbound in the mud just as easily as Billy Joel lifted his audience off dry ground. Jazz stylist Diane Reeves sang a Fleetwood Mac song on the first weekend just as compellingly as Fleetwood Mac sang its own songs the following weekend. Wed, 08 May 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 24123 at http://kttz.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville http://kttz.org/post/small-time-wordsmith-hits-it-big-nashville <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYT6RkTe26M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Eajg5yTEo</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 18663 at http://kttz.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor http://kttz.org/post/preserving-home-and-history-new-orleans-piano-professor On the tough side of Terpsichore Street in New Orleans stands a duplex — a two-story, wood-framed building with wood floors, high ceilings and a nice fireplace. But this old house is empty: no furniture, no walls, no electricity, no toilet. Iron bars hide the windows; there's a lockbox on the door. The facade is three different shades of <em>blecch</em>, <em>blurgh</em> and <em>blah</em>. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 17085 at http://kttz.org Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor