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

The Irrepressible John Boutté

  • 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.

Visit John Boutté's website.

Classified  Spotify
James Booker

If I Had My Life to Live Over  Spotify
John Boutté

See You On the Other Side  MOG
John Boutté

No No (The River)  MOG
John Boutté

The Grass is Greener  MOG
John Boutté

All Around the World  MOG
Little Milton

All Around the World  MOG
James Booker

All Around the World  MOG
John Boutte

The Eternal Now  Spotify  |  MOG
John Boutté

That's My Desire Spotify  |  MOG
John Boutté

Unchained Melody  
Little Jimmy Scott

Why  Spotify  |  MOG
John Boutté

My Life  Spotify  
Iris Dement

My Life  Spotify  |  MOG
John Boutté

Dark Water  Spotify  |  MOG
Galactic featuring John Boutté

The War is All Over   MOG
John Boutté

Easy Going Evening (My Mama's Call)  Spotify
Stevie Wonder

Tremé  Spotify  |  MOG
John Boutté

Classified  Spotify
James Booker

A Thousandfold  MOG
John Boutté

And a little lagniappe... Hallelujah
John Boutté with OperaCréole
2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
(available on Itunes) 

 CORRECTION: In Thursday's edition of Music Inside Out, host Gwen Thompkins said the rapper Mystikal, a.k.a. Michael Lawrence Tyler, did not serve in the U.S. Army. She was really, really, wrong. Tyler is a U.S. Army veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm. We regret the error.