An Irrepressible Voice
John Boutté is hard to intimidate. He may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat. Boutté’s observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good. What’s more, it made our lives better.
For more than 20 years, Boutté has built a career writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others. This week, Boutté tells Music Inside Out how he got so good at finding lyrics to suit his voice, his tenderness, his outrage and his legendary sass.
Some of the music from today’s broadcast is available for you to stream to your desktop computer or mobile device. A complete playlist is available for you to download (.pdf) and take with you to your local record store. Enjoy the music.
John Boutté and Paul Sanchez perform “At the Foot of Canal Street,” his original “Sisters,” and Annie Lennox’s “A Thousand Beautiful Things” at Louisiana Music Factory.