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New Orleans Calling: The Love of Your Life

WWOZ’s nationally-syndicated one-hour program New Orleans All The Way Live has been recently renamed and re-imagined in a great new form, with a new name — New Orleans Calling.

Welcome to New Orleans Calling, WWOZ’s nationally syndicated program. New Orleans Calling airs on WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans every Saturday morning from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., and you can also listen online to recent episodes at

Listen to this week’s episode of New Orleans Calling.

Legendary New Orleans Jazz vocalist John Boutté. Photo by Robbie Mendelson, from Flickr.
Legendary New Orleans Jazz vocalist John Boutté. Photo by Robbie Mendelson, from Flickr.

New Orleans is a city of great mystery and attraction — and for many people, it’s the love of their lives. Some visitors to New Orleans plan to stay for a week, but stay a lifetime. This week we listen to love stories and songs about the Crescent City —  from both native New Orleanians and those who found their way here, with music by Dayna Kurtz, John Boutte, Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, Lonnie Johnson and many others.

Every week on New Orleans Calling, we provide additional material online to accompany each show, in case you’re interested in finding out more. Sometimes it’s going more in-depth, sometimes it’s something cool we didn’t have time to go into, and sometimes it’s just plain fun.

Here’s a list of interesting links and information about the stories and music in this week’s show, “The Love of Your Life”:

Paul Sanchez was a longtime member of the New Orleans rock band Cowboy Mouth. Mystery Street is located near the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, where Jazz Fest is held every spring. Signs in the festival read “Exit to Mystery Street,” hence the name of the song.

John Boutte is the most visible member of the famous New Orleans Boutte family of singers. His recording of “Treme Song” became famous as the opening theme to the HBO series Treme.

John Boutte and Paul Sanchez collaborated on “At The Foot of Canal Street” when they realized that both their fathers were buried in the cemetery at the far end of that street. The song explains that we’re all going to wind up in the cemetery in the end!

The Tin Men are a trio of Alex McMurray (guitar), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), and Washboard Chaz (washboard, of course.) They’re backed up on “If You Can’t Make It Here” by the Valparaiso Mens’ Chorus, known as the only sea shanty punk band ever.

The Cowsills were indeed the inspiration for the “Partridge Family” TV show. Susan Cowsill was the youngest member of the family to perform with the group. You can see her earlier self in this 1968 TV performance of “Indian Lake.”

And here’s Susan’s “Crescent City Snow,” described as one of the most poignant songs to result from the events of 2005 in New Orleans.

Tricia Boutte is the niece of John Boutte, and now lives in Norway. Here’s the 2014 video for “Oh New Orleans Here I Come,” recorded with Paul Longstreth.

(opening music bed:   Rick Trolson – “If I Had You”)
George French with CAC Orchestra – “New Orleans”
(music bed: Idris Muhammad – “New Orleans Gumbo”)
Paul Sanchez – “Exit to Mystery Street”
(music bed:  Jesse Boyd – “Uptown Blues”)
John Boutte – “At the Foot of Canal Street”
Lonnie Johnson – “New Orleans Blues”
Tin Men – “If You Can’t Make it Here”
(music bed:  The Gaturs    “Gator Bait”)

(music bed: The Cowsills – “Indian Lake”)
Susan Cowsill – “ONOLA”
Teedy & the Bootleg Operation – “Oh, New Orleans Here I Come”
(music bed:  The Meters – “Soul Machine”)
Dayna Kurtz – “Nola” (recorded live at Chickie Wah-Wah)
Dayna Kurtz – “Reconsider Me” (recorded live at Chickie Wah-Wah)
(music bed: Evan Christopher – “What is this Thing Called Love”)
Nine Lives original album – “Rebuild Renew”
(music bed: Tuts Washington – “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?”)

New Orleans Calling is a production of WWOZ, listener-supported community radio in the Crescent City, with support from and GoNOLA.comNew Orleans Calling is an internationally syndicated weekly radio show produced by George Ingmire highlighting the unique music, food, festivals, and culture of the Crescent City. Ingmire culls from WWOZ’s vast library of live recordings and connects with musicians from across the city to bring you one-of-a-kind music and musician interviews — from flagship music festivals to living room concerts.

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