Born: November 3, 1958
John Boutté sings for all those in New Orleans and everywhere, that don't have a voice, were forgotten, denied, neglected...you get the idea. His singing exalts feelings and emotions few can express much less convey. He is that soul singer that only comes around once in a generation, this is his time!!
John Boutté was born by the river, on November 3, 1958, the eighth of 10 children; and grew up in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans. It was a rich musical environment in those days. During his school days John played coronet and trumpet, those clarions of life in New Orleans, in his junior high and high school marching bands; he was a section leader, no less, in a town where marching bands duel like decked-out demons in the street. School also gave John the chance to sing, first at talent shows and then with street acapella groups, with names as, Spirit, and then Remnant. Street bands singing on the bricks of a town where street singer is still a respectable job title. Stir in the spices of the music of his older brothers and sisters, the music that ruled the street and raised the spirits. During these years traditional jazzmen like Paul Babarin, Louis Big Eye Nelson and Danny Barker became both John's friends and mentors. John's sister, Lillian Boutte, introduces the young singer to local legends like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and James Booker....
There was both authority and magnetism in his version of Steve Goodman's 'City of New Orleans.' Mr. Boutte recorded it several years ago with a bluegrass band called Uptown Okra, and his arrangement with Mr. Duke preserves a similar rollicking feel. -Nate Chinen, NY Times