down the tree-lined streets of New Orleans’ Faubourg Marigny neighborhood
on a hot sultry night, and chances are you’ll hear John Boutte’s
voice floating out of one of the area’s trendy nightspots. Perhaps
he’ll be singing soulful versions of Sam Cooke’s "A
Change Is Gonna Come" or Annie Lennox’s "Why,"
or maybe it’ll be one of the bayou-blended tunes he’s co-authored
with Paul Sanchez, his pal in the Marigny. Whatever the song, its soulfulness
will stop you in your tracks, for Boutte lives and breathes the heart
and soul of New Orleans. Born into a large Creole family that goes back
seven generations in Louisiana, he was exposed to music early in life,
soaking up New Orleans jazz, soul, blues and gospel, then adding his
own Creole traditions along the way. Today, Boutte works with a wonderful
amalgam of styles -- from torchy jazz to aching soul and African-American
gospel -- all convincingly delivered..
outstnding write up of John's Jazz Fest performance by Susan Langenhennig,
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins:
The Irrepressible John Boutté
Boutté on Art Imitating Life - By Lolis Eric Elie
out this great article in the Wall Street Jounal. 6/26/2012
Boutte takes 'Hallelujah' in a new direction at New Orleans Jazz Fest
Susan Langenhennig, The Times-Picayune
Fest Shabbat poster
Boutté, "The Voice of New Orleans," is back with his
first new solo album since "Good Neighbor" in 2008. All
About Everything is a mature musical statement by
a singer at the absolute peak of his artistry, the album is comprised
not only of serious songs that subtly reflect on the legacy of Hurricane
Katrina and its aftermath, but also some danceable, energetic, funky
jams with a deep roster of the Crescent City's finest contemporary musicians.
Everything also showcases brand-new songs from several
generations of the city's finest songwriters: Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez,
Dave Bartholomew, and Allen Toussaint all have previously unreleased
songs interpreted here for the first time by Boutté. Additional
original writing comes from Boutté, Tom McDermott, and the album's
producer, Blake Leyh, who is also the Music Supervisor for HBO's series
"Treme" which uses Boutté's "Treme Song"
as it's theme. Available in stores today, April 13, 2012.
out this great interview of John by Bob Edwards at WWNO during Jazz
Fest 2011. File
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interview of John by Michael Tisserand in the Gambit.
out this great article about the HBO Series TREME',
and the latest challenge faced by New Orleans, from Vanity Fair.
Check out this interview with John from Swiss Radio 12/15/09 .
John Boutte scores again in new 'Treme' episode
by Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune