“In a city full of musical seductions, none can persuade quite like Mr. Boutté’s voice.” —Larry Blumenfeld, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Boutte’s voice can be as light as a caress and as passionate as a lover’s kiss.” —
On Sundays as the red beans were soaking for Monday’s dinner, John Boutte was awakened by the sounds of his New Orleans neighborhood. Voices carried over the fence from the church behind his home in the Seventh Ward, the home where his mother Gloria still lives, where most of his Creole family still lives and sings. Past the front yard, second-line parades rolled by, matching the madness of Carnival season and the transcendent joy of the jazz funeral. This roux of influences created John Boutte, and serves him to this day.
Boutte is known for diverse music style that goes beyond jazz to R&B, gospel, Latin, and blues. His “Treme Song” on his Jambalaya album is the theme song of HBO‘s series, Treme and appears in Treme Season 2 & 3.