John Boutté and Paul Sanchez hold the distinction of being the inspiration for the founding of Threadhead Records. Boutté’s Good Neighbor and Sanchez’ Exit to Mystery Street became the first projects to benefit from the new endeavor.
Sanchez jokes that Boutté and himself are the “Creole Rat Pack,” or the “black and white New Orleans.” They met at a backyard party thrown by musician Michelle Shocked, whom Sanchez met during his time in New York City. They developed a friendship that led to mutual admiration when they realized the eerie similarities in their lives. Their birthdays are one day apart, their sisters raised them both and their fathers were buried in the same cemetery at the end of Canal Street.
It’s only fitting that Boutté and Sanchez should collaborate on a disc showcasing their combined performance and songwriting talents and their love for their hometown. Titled Stew Called New Orleans, this disc contains mostly original songs with Leroy Jones on trumpet, Todd Duke and Sanchez on guitars, Boutté on tambourine and both artists on vocals.
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