Gwen Thompkins http://nhpr.org en New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina http://nhpr.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 44371 at http://nhpr.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville http://nhpr.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 21258 at http://nhpr.org A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor http://nhpr.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 19625 at http://nhpr.org Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 http://nhpr.org/post/beyond-music-st-louis-cemetery-no-2 There's so much water in, around and underneath New Orleans, that the dead spend eternity in tombs above ground.<p>Most of the tombs now have a similar design: On top, there's space for a wooden coffin or two, and at the bottom lies a potpourri of decanted family remains. Sooner or later, whoever is up high must vacate and settle lower, making room for the newly dead. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 8169 at http://nhpr.org Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2