John Boutté

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:55 am
Sat October 26, 2013

John Boutté: 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.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Brazilian Choreographer Collaborates With John Boutté

Diogo De Lima is a professor of practice for modern dance, ballet, and dance for the camera at Tulane University.
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Diogo de Lima is a Brazilian choreographer and Professor of Dance on the faculty of Tulane University.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with him about his newly-commissioned work that features live music by John Boutté, to be performed in this week's "New Dance Festival" at the Marigny Opera House.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Spend An Hour with John Boutté

John Boutté at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

John Boutté: Tailor-Made Music

John Boutté at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

The Irrepressible John Boutté

Wendi Berman
  • The irrepressible John Boutté, on Music Inside Out.

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.

Read more