HBO’s Treme Explores The Music of NoLa

At some point during its five year run, The Wire evolved from a lowly rated & unwanted show about the City of Baltimore, to arguably one of the greatest shows ever seen on the small screen. Mixing the stories of cops, dockworkers, city officials, street dealers & heroin abusers, The Wire used memorable characters to speak about the broken promises of the American Dream and its decaying cities. Now David Simon, Eric Overmyer, and HBO bring us the story of New Orleans & its most beloved American creation: Jazz.

Set three months after Hurricane Katrina and the federal incompetence that followed, Treme portrays more of David Simon’s critique of our flawed American criminal-justice system, political institutions, and public housing affairs. On a more personal level, Treme will follow Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters, and John Goodman, as they struggle to rebuild their homes, their families and their city.

Throughout it all is the music of New Orleans. With appearances by Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, the Treme Brass Band, Deacon John and the Rebirth Brass Band, this show should be one to follow. Treme premieres at 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 (EDT), on HBO.

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  1. Great mention from the HT on this show! I’ve been watching “The making of Treme” on HBO and have noticed the Rebirth Brass Band and some members of Galactic in the mix. The way they’ve recreated the sounds and musicians of NOLA is also pretty sweet. (musicians all in one room around one mic – vs. a typical recording studio with each player mic’d up individually.)

    Don’t miss this show!

  2. as a late comer to the wire I can’t wait to see this show! I love how some of the characters have been reborn for this series

  3. Definitely.
    I can’t wait to see Bunk Moreland and Cool Lester Smooth team up again. Plus when John Goodman gets going, whether its as the President on The West Wing or The Big Lebowski,
    its always a great scene.

    “Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don’t work, I don’t drive a car, I don’t fucking ride in a car, I don’t handle money, I don’t turn on the oven, and I sure as shit *don’t fucking roll on Shomer Shabbos!

    Also I found this review about Treme

    In 30 years of writing about television, I have never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it is in the new HBO drama, “Treme,” from Baltimore writer David Simon and playwright Eric Overmyer.

    I don’t know why. But I do know that I have reacted with such intensity fewer than a dozen or so times in writing about TV … And when you cut through all the lofty critic talk, these are the moments on which I base my belief that TV is capable of great art.

  4. cannot for the life of me find who is the artist doing “way down yonder in New Orleans” in Treme. It aired briefly at the end Episode Two (I missed Episode One)

    Can you give a brother a break?

  5. cannot for the life of me find who is the artist doing “way down yonder in New Orleans” in Treme. It aired briefly at the end Episode Two (I missed Episode One)

    If your asking about the song during the credit sequence
    Its Willy Devile singing New Orleans.
    There’s a great version of it on

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