Author: Red

January 2017

Gravesend John Bull

The first gig of 2017 was in Gravesend at one of the finest music venues in the south of England – Leo’s Red Lion. Jane Pearce left the band at the end of 2016, leaving rhythm guitarist Dan Spellman to take over on lead vocals for the transitional phase. Leading up to the gig the band spent some time in the studio reworking some arrangements and keys of songs to suit Dan’s vocals, as well as adding a couple of new numbers to freshen things up for the new year. While members of the audience were unsure of what to expect from the new-look Red Butler, the band were quietly confident that the show would be a success. Dan’s voice has almost been kept secret from the wider blues and rock scene but Gravesend was about to be the first place to let rip.

The build up to the gig was not without its challenges – a broken down van 2 nights before the show caused a brief panic, but where there’s a will there’s a way and a back up van was arranged in time for the trip to Kent.

As for the show itself, from the band’s point of view it was a spectacular night and up there with the very best of Red Butler gigs in terms of pretty much everything: Venue – perfect (thanks Steve), sound – perfect (thanks Vic), audience – perfect (thanks Andy, and of course our wonderful and devoted Red Butler followers). Song after song, the set flew by and not without a visit from the Big Bad Wolf! Granted, the band may sound a little different, but the vibes on stage and the audience response were as good as it gets! A big thank you to everyone that made the gig possible, and for believing in the new line up. Next stop, it’s sure to be another cracker of a night at the 100 Club with Aynsley Lister….

Photo by John Bull

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A New Dawn

album

Welcome to Red Butler’s brand new website. Having spent months honing the forthcoming album, ‘Nothing To Lose’, we felt we needed a completely fresh start to the website. Please let us know what you think, but before you do, we have other news to announce.

Nothing To Lose’ will be officially launched on 11th November and we are excited to announce that Golly Gallagher of GFI Promotions is handling the PR campaign. This is rapidly gaining momentum so keep an eye on our site and the media as news and reviews hit the streets. We are pleased to add that John Brown will be helping us with tour publicity. ‘Nothing To Lose’ is an important step in Red Butler’s journey and will feature heavily in the tour. Our aim is to please existing fans and try to reach the wider audience we know is out there.

We are delighted to welcome Dan Spellman (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) to the lineup. Dan worked with Alex and Charlie between 2008 and 2011 when they were just 14 and rocking local pubs as ColdHeat. We pride ourselves in projecting fun and energy at our shows and no-one that has seen one of the initial gigs can have failed to experience the impact of a five-piece Red Butler.

The website displays our forthcoming gigs but even at this late stage we are adding more events to the Autumn tour. Special mention must go to our recently announced support gig with the superb Laurence Jones at Sutton’s Boom Boom Club on Saturday 22nd October. Other surprises are in the pipeline so watch this space …..

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