To paraphrase Don Mclean, August 29th, 2005, was the day the music nearly died. Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levees caused more than a million people in the Gulf Coast region to be displaced, and in the city of New Orleans a good number of the evacuees were musicians whose homes were destroyed. Very early on it became apparent that many who made their living performing the iconic jazz, blues, zydeco, Mardi Gras Indian call-and-response, and other music of the region could not afford to come back. What followed, as the floodwaters slowly receded, and people took stock of the damage, was a deep concern that New Orleans had just lost one of the most important aspects of its culture.
When we first started researching the impact Hurricane Katrina had on music, and how music, in turn, helped the Gulf Coast recover, nearly everyone I spoke to said to reach out to singer/songwriter John Boutte. “If you want to hear about a hero, this is the guy,” I was told by Michael Garran, manager of the esteemed club D.B.A. on Frenchmen Street, echoing what others had said. “He’s a truth-teller. There’s a reason he’s called ‘The Voice of New Orleans.’”
Until now… their story has never been told outside of The Salvation Army. But thanks to this generous and faithful couple, 310 people were rescued after Hurricane Katrina broke the levees and flooded New Orleans. They never asked for recognition, but their acts of kindness inspired us, and The Salvation Army, to share their story with the world.
Since the world first laid eyes on Brooklyn Decker, we haven’t stopped staring. In just a few short years, she’s gone from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl to successful rom-com actress and wife to tennis pro Andy Roddick. But what defines her away from the public eye is perhaps her greatest passion of all.