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A free listening service from the New Orleans library is spotlighting native musicians : NPR


The New Orleans Public Library has launched Crescent Metropolis Sounds, an internet assortment of recordings by native musicians that digital guests can stream from their units.



SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

New Orleans is a music mecca – oh, nice – Until you are an up-and-coming artist who’s making an attempt to get heard. The New Orleans Public Library needed to alter that, so it put recordings from native acts on a web site individuals can stream. It is referred to as Crescent Metropolis Sounds. Joshua Smith is a library affiliate who got here up with the concept.

JOSHUA SMITH: We’re an enormous music metropolis, and we’re a metropolis that works collectively and helps one another. And I actually thought that we would have liked this cool free music catalog for the group to stream and for unknown artists to get their names on the market.

SIMON: Different public libraries and nice music cities, together with Austin and Nashville, have arrange comparable on-line music libraries. New Orleans launched its service with 28 native artists earlier this week.

SMITH: It is simply an effective way to get as a lot of their info and their music out to the general public in a low-barrier, free form of method.

SIMON: The library invited a rapper, a DJ and different native music professionals to curate the gathering.

SMITH: You consider a certain quantity of issues as New Orleans music, and we definitely have that up on there. However we’ve a number of rock stuff that you just would not consider and, like, just a few bizarre issues.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “LET IT ROLL”)

MARINA ORCHESTRA: (Singing) There is a world sensation, seems like going dwelling.

SMITH: I like every part that we put up. Marina Orchestra is like beachy yacht rock, actually enjoyable.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “LET IT ROLL”)

MARINA ORCHESTRA: (Singing) Deep down in your soul.

SMITH: And Swayze is tremendous superior, like, old-school electronica, pop form of stuff.

(SOUNDBITE OF SWAYZE SONG, “YOUR LOVE IS LIKE A LONE WOLF”)

SIMON: One other native musician that is a part of the Crescent Metropolis Sounds is Ted Hefko of Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE ROOFER”)

TED HEFKO AND THE THOUSANDAIRES: (Singing) The place did all my good buddies go? – the place the currents of the Midwest meet the Gulf of Mexico.

SIMON: He is a roots rock musician and songwriter who says New Orleans formed his music.

TED HEFKO: I imply, music is in all places. Sit in a bar final night time, and the brass band led an entire group of individuals once they got here in. So that you by no means know when it is going to seem.

SIMON: Ted Hefko says that he obtained concerned when one of many curators contacted him.

HEFKO: It’s good to have it in a spot apart from Spotify or one thing the place it is lumped in with music from in every single place, and folks can simply focus on the New Orleans music scene.

SIMON: Crescent Metropolis Sounds pays every artist’s small honorarium – $250 – to license their music for 5 years. And it plans to search for extra music so as to add to its assortment subsequent 12 months. Library affiliate Joshua Smith says reactions to this point have been constructive.

SMITH: I hope individuals discover some cool new bands and get out and go to reveals and have an excellent time.

(SOUNDBITE OF TED HEFKO AND THE THOUSANDAIRES SONG, “THE ROOFER”)

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