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


505 Pieces

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Caption: Fay Simmons
Every show we explore the endless examples of rock and roll music from before Elvis and from unexplored locations. This radio show presents the te...

Bought by KPRG, GCR (Global Community Radio), WQCS, Prairie Public, and WYAP


  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 03:56:16
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Paul Gabriel
Journeyman blues guitarist Paul Gabriel recounts his years playing blues and gospel guitar with luminaries ranging from Georgia Lewis to B.B. King.

Bought by Prairie Public and WYAP


  • Added: Nov 22, 2021
  • Length: 11:28
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Edgar Blanchard
Scratching through another corner of my endless musical library - songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. All of which could...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), Prairie Public, KFCF FM, WQCS, and WYAP


  • Added: Nov 22, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Cats and the Fiddle
There is a belief that the first rock and roll song was centered around Elvis but in the post World War II era there was a new music with so many s...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The billiard ball removal saw.  (Cut 'em in half and spit 'em out.)
While listing all his boring traits, Jamie tries to demonstrate a "cool trick" but gets a billiard ball stuck in his mouth. He performs an billiar...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Earthquakes
Starting with music from outer space because that's what was considered the origination of the first rock and roll song. In its time it was as ali...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:04
  • Purchases: 5
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The first rock and roll song is centered in the post World War II era when a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in the US and ar...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:26
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Shake Spears
There are endless examples of rock and roll music from before Elvis, The Beatles, or whoever else has the title of "first rock and roll song." Thi...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:29
  • Purchases: 5
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A focus on the Denver and Toronto regional record companies of Band Box and Quality plus a long segment on "music from outer space" based on the in...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 03:46:26
  • Purchases: 6
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Songs that are only between 90 and 100 seconds are the communications professor's dream of - "the direct, active voice." No lengthy introduction o...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2021
  • Length: 04:11:25
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Supersecos
After a hurricane reminds you that only a veneer of safety keeps you alive, it's easy to get wistful about what is important. It's not the posses...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KPRG, KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and WYAP


  • Added: Sep 28, 2021
  • Length: 04:47:45
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
1. (Short) Searching for the 1st R&R record on Saturday Night NOLA radio from Saturday 9pm to midnight on KFCF Fresno 2. (Short) Locally o...

Bought by KFCF FM


  • Added: Sep 24, 2021
  • Length: 02:58:38
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Universals
Scratching through another corner of my endless musical library - I found a great deal of songs you've never heard by musicians you've never heard...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KPRG, Prairie Public, and WYAP


  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:56:06
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Little Ray
Little Ray was a Los Angeles sensation because he could command a stage and audience - a talent that stood out even in a city full of entertainers....

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KPRG, KFCF FM, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:14
  • Purchases: 4
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Featuring the music from J&S records, a record company started by a Black woman in 1956, Zell Sanders. Also couplets of sound-alike songs. Two un...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:21
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 4 Pennies
The first rock and roll music arguably was centered in the post World War II era when a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in th...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:15
  • Purchases: 4
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Music from the post World War II era when a new music captured the imagination and hope of people in the US and around the world. The first music w...

Bought by KFCF FM, KPRG, GCR (Global Community Radio), and Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:06
  • Purchases: 4
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Searching for the first rock and roll record, means finding tens of thousands of records that could legitimately be the "first record," I think t...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:59
  • Purchases: 4
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The first rock and roll song with a focust on music and musicians from the bayous of Louisiana. Where the sticky humidity and ever-present liquor ...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2021
  • Length: 02:56:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Count Ossie
Tonight's show focuses on the similar sounds of early ska and rock and roll. Not a technical presentation, your ears will hear it and your soul wi...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 02:57:01
  • Purchases: 5