From David Simon, creator of The Wire and Generation Kill, and Eric Overmyer, writer-producer of Homicide and Law and Order, the debut series of Treme is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, chronicling the rebuilding of a unique American culture after historic devastation. "Treme" refers to one of New Orleans' oldest neighbourhoods, an historically important source of African- American music and culture.
Treme begins in the autumn of 2005, three months after Hurrican Katrina. The drama follows the interconnected stories of several struggling musicians and locals, including Antoine Batiste, a smooth-talking trombonist, Delmonde Lambreaux, a successful jazz musician, Annie and her boyfriend Sonny, talented street musicians in the Quarter looking for their big break. The series also features real-life musicians Kermit Ruffins, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Christian Scott, Trombone Shorty and members of the Treme, Soul Rebels and Rebirth Brass bands.
Treme received two Grammy nominations, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and This City by Steve Earle for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. The soundtrack has also been nominated for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (Steve Earle, "This City").