The Davenport House

The Davenport Household

Music Inside Out

If I walked into the Davenport house when you were a kid, what would I be hearing?

Gwen Thompkins and Lynette Johnson created a new radio program in 2012 for WWNO, the public radio station in New Orleans. Music Inside Out celebrates the standard-bearers of Louisiana’s musical heritage. Gwen interviews artists each week from the worlds of jazz, R&B, rock, blues, zydeco, — you name it, if they play it in Louisiana, they play it on Music Inside Out.

Guests have included Allen Toussaint, Jeremy Davenport, Taj Mahal, and Meschiya Lake. And the list keeps going: Sonny Landreth, Don VappieIrma Thomas, John Boutté. (Honest, the list keeps going.)

Gwen is a talented interviewer who is completely devoted to the music and the people who make the music in her home of New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. I’ve been lucky to produce the occasional hour of the show, and to help connect audiences with the program through social media and the web.

Here’s an excerpt from Gwen’s interview with trumpeter Jeremy Davenport. His mom was a public school music teacher and his dad played in the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Gwen asked Davenport to describe what his house sounded like when he was a kid.

I had fun with this. Folks in Saint Louis will recognize a few voices in the mix.