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Roots and Rhythm in the Treme: New Orleans Music Legend John Boutte

In this episode of the GoNOLA Radio podcast, the voice of New Orleans, John Boutte talks about the food, music and culture of the Treme neighborhood.

New Orleans is world famous for its culture and way of life that you really can’t find anywhere else. Much of what makes this town special revolves around our music, food, history, and tradition. Of the many New Orleans neighborhoods that have personalities all their own, the Treme is one that stands out as being quintessentially New Orleanian. Besides being one of the oldest neighborhoods, and arguably the birthplace of jazz music, Treme is made of families that have been around for generations; a friendly place where everybody knows everybody and neighbors sit on porches and say hey to each other as they pass.

new orleans podcastEven from its beginnings, the Treme embodied positivity and progress. The first Treme landowners 200 years ago were free black women like Henriette Delille, who founded the Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in order to provide nursing care, a home for orphans, and education for children. Some of the best jazz and brass band and musicians have come out of the Treme, including contemporary bands like Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band and artists like New Orleans’ beloved Trombone Shorty and John Boutte, the latter of which happens to be the special guest on this episode of GoNOLA Radio. Having grown up in the Treme, Boutte was shaped as a person and a musician by the rhythm and attitude of life in the neighborhood. He and hosts Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko talk about Boutte’s style as a performer, his Saturday night residency at Frenchmen Street music venue d.b.a., and what it was like growing up in the Treme.

Our hosts and Boutte also discuss the wonderful Creole cuisine that is prevalent in the Treme, essential neighborhood culinary institutions like Dooky Chase’s (and legendary chef Leah Chase), Lil Dizzy’s, and Willie Mae’s Scotch House, as well as the difference between Creole soul food and “other” soul food.

Explore this historic New Orleans neighborhood on this episode of GoNOLA Radio, and even hear some of Boutte’s songs about the Treme like “Good Neighbor,” “Door Poppin,’” and HBO’s Treme theme song, “Treme Song.”

GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie BarnesLorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.

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