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.
On August 29, John Boutte is scheduled to perform at the Smoothie King Center for “Katrina 10 Commemoration: the Power of Community,” where he will join New Orleans government and community leaders in marking the 10th anniversary of the storm and the recovery that followed. The event is free and open to the public and will include an interfaith prayer service and musical performance. Tickets can be reserved online at here.
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.