Video: John Boutté Feels He Can No Longer Afford to Live in New Orleans

NPR’s Jazz Night In America put the spotlight on New Orleans’ rising cost of living in its latest web documentary. The piece follows local singer John Boutté as he drives around town and shares his thoughts on why he—and many other culture bearers—can no longer afford to live in their hometown.

Despite writing the theme song for HBO’s Treme, Boutté was forced to move out the neighborhood that inspired the show’s name due to increasing housing costs. He has since moved to Lacombe, a town on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore—45 minutes from New Orleans.

The piece is under six minutes, so don’t hesitate to check it out below.

Jazz Night in America is weekly radio show put on by NPR Music in partnership with WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. The program, which is hosted by renowned bassist Christian McBride, airs on WWNO at 10pm on Friday night, but also puts together a variety of online content.

  • Ella Vater-Belding

    What a friggin’ shame!

  • Jipes Blues

    Very sad but indeed very predictable, politicians tend to look for a “Disneyland” type of New Orleans but didn’t get at all what is this beautiful culture based on, mixing influences from Caraibean, Spanish, Afro american, French, just name it and it’s nicely cooked in a delicious and unique “Gumbo”. if you throw out of the City his best part you will end up with a circus city just for tourist but without a real Life !