Paul Butler

Op 16 juli in het radioprogramma Purple Haze een interview met de gitarist, zanger en songwriter Paul Butler. Hij speelde ondermeer samen met B.B. King (Op het album B.B. King in London) en met Taj Mahal. Ook draai ik nummers van zijn nieuwe CD “Days Will Come”.

On July 16 an interview with guitarist, singer, songwriter Paul Butler on the radio show Purple Haze. He played amongst others with B.B. King (on the album B.B. King in London) and with Taj Mahal. Also tracks will be spinned from his new CD “Days Will Come”.

Paul Butler usually plays solo folk/acoustic stuff shot through with the Blues. He has played and recorded with B.B.King, Lightnin’Slim, Eddie Guitar Burns and Taj Mahal. However, as an electric blues guitarist, his earlier musical life represents an odyssey though the British Blues Boom years. He has shared stages/studios with Keef Hartley and Stan Webb , Ric Lee and Leo Lyons, Rick Hayward, Steve York, Miller Anderson, Andy Pyle, John Altman, Tony Ashton, Pete Gage, Laurence Garman, Duster Bennet & Bernie Marsden among many. He parked his guitar in 1982 after one album with Chicken Shack, “Roadies Concerto” (1981).
Butler’s recording career began in 1964, when his first band, The Turnkeys, provided the “beat group music” for a Jim O’Connolly film, ”The little ones”(released in 1965). Interestingly, the group’s founder member was London harmonica man, Tim Hill, who would later front a band involving Bill Smith, one of the drummers used on this album. But it was after meeting pianist, Pete Wingfield, in 1967 that Butler’s recording career began in earnest. The association with legendary Blues producer, Mike Vernon, and his Blue Horizon label, saw Jellybread, the band that Wingfield and Butler initially formed with fellow students, Chris Waters and John Best, go on to produce 3 albums and 6 singles for Blue Horizon.
After a failed attempt to start another band with Lee, Paul Butler retired from the music business in 1982. In 2009, he bought himself a new acoustic guitar, and by 2010, some of his home recordings were being regularly played on independent radio stations, one even topping a listener popularity chart on 4 occasions. In 2010, some of these tracks were released in downloadable format as “21C Blue –the EP”. However, it wasn’t until July 2012 that the planned studio recording could begin. “Days will come” is the end result
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Fotografie / Photography: Paul J Horton – Vanda Photography

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