Evan Serpick
March 09, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

At the Foot of Canal Street

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
John Boutte

We gave it a B+

The gospel and jazz of Boutte’s native New Orleans provide the atmosphere, though his smoky, soulful tenor needs scant accompaniment to bring texture to renditions of ”If I Had My Life to Live Over” and ”Didn’t It Rain.” Mingled with these legendary tunes, his uptempo originals hold their own, including ”Sisters,” a tribute to the women who raised him, and the title track, a tony tour of the hometown that gave birth to his music. B+

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