Information on Red Butler
Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band from Brighton.
November sees the culmination of 18 months preparation with the release of the bands lovingly crafted second album, “Nothing To Lose” produced at Superfly Studios by Wayne Proctor. The music represents a dynamic band in transition and will hopefully please their supporters, new fans and the music media. This album follows the success of Red Butler’s debut release, “Freedom Bound” in summer 2014. The ‘Nothing to Lose’ tour extends from October-December showcasing the new album and the extended line-up. Initial gigs have thrilled audiences as the band unleashes its energy with control and power at every gig.
‘Nothing to Lose’ is a collaborative project drawn from the band members’ individual experiences of life and music. Red Butler see the need to deliver a message to younger people whilst retaining the support of their established blues/rock audience. Influences include SRV, Free, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Gary Clarke Jnr. and artists such as Royal Blood and Vintage Trouble.
The power and sensitivity of their music has seen Red Butler win national awards. Successes include:
– Alex – runner up in Young Artist category – British Blues Awards 2016.
– Band – third place in Best Blues Band category – British Blues Awards 2016.
– Representing the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Italy 2016.
Winners of the UK Blues Challenge 2015.
– Runners-up in the British Blues Awards 2015 (Alex, Young Artist and Band, Emerging Artist).
– ‘Best New UK Act’ 2014 – Blues Matters Magazine
Alex Butler established the band in 2012 with the settled line-up comprising Alex (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jane Pearce (lead vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass and backing vocals).
The band toured with Laurence Jones Band, Billy Walton Band and Danny Bryant, learning a great deal in the process. With the heavier sound of ‘Nothing to Lose’ Dan Spellman (guitar and backing vocals) has been added to the line-up.
Despite an average age of 24 the band members bring a wealth of experience enabling them to transmit their energy to ignite audiences. Dan has quickly tapped into that vibe having previously worked with Alex and Charlie in ColdHeat which dates back to 2008.
* Winning a national college competition resulting in the appearance of Red Butler on the
BT Live Stage in Hyde Park during the London Olympic Games.
* Paul Jones played a track from their initial EP on his Radio 2 Blues Show.
* Appearance on the Jaks Stage at The Great British R&B Festival at Skegness.
* Being spotted by the legendary Cliff Stocker at Skegness which resulted in invitations
to appear at The Great British R&B Festival at Colne
* Third in ‘Best New UK Act’ category in a Writers’ Poll for Blues Matter Magazine.
* ‘Best New UK Act’ category in a Writers’ Poll for Blues Matters Magazine.
* Took part in the UK Blues Challenge.
* Paul Jones played a track from ‘Freedom Bound’ on his Radio 2 Blues Show.
* Runners up in the British Blues Awards (Alex – Young Artist category and Red Butler – Emerging Artist category).
* Winners of the UK Blues Challenge
* Invited to tour with Laurence Jones Band
* Invited to tour with Billy Walton Band
* Invited to tour with Danny Bryant
* UK representative at The European Blues Challenge in Italy
* Red Butler third place in Best Blues Band category – British Blues Awards
* Alex runner up in the Young Artist category – British Blues Awards
* Headlining their own ‘Nothing To Lose’ Album Tour of the UK
Classic Rock Blues – Apr 2013 ‘…. they have been turning heads and getting airplay all over the country’
Classic Rock 2014 – ‘oh to have a tenth of Red Butler’s youthful fizz …. they are one to watch now and in the future’
Guitar and Bass – Aug 2014 ‘….rising young stars of the scene with some wonderfully deft fretwork ….’
Paul Jones – Radio 2 – 2014 (Freedom Bound) ‘…a very enjoyable album’
Blues in Britain – Upton Festival 2016 ‘up and coming blues/rockers Red Butler commanded the sports field with a fiery set of guitar-fuelled blustery rock led by Alex Butler…’
Blues in Britain – Maryport 2016 – ‘Red Butler gave a cracking high energy blues/rock performance with a dash of soul for good measure’
Blues Matters – Frome 2016 – ‘Complete opposite to shyness – Red Butler
go for it from the start …’
Our New Album – Nothing To Lose
Having spent 18 months in preparation Red Butler’s second album ‘Nothing To Lose’ is finally available. Drawing upon the combined life experiences of the band the album represents a further step in the evolution of Red Butler.
It was recorded at Superfly Studio, engineered by Andrew Banfield, produced by Wayne Proctor and mixed by Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright at Y Dream Studio, mastered by John Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering. Album photography was by Rob Blackham, sleeve design by Chris Robinson and Wayne Proctor and is a House of Tone production. Special guest Bob Fridzema on Hammond, Clavinet and Wurlitzer.
1). Got To Make It
2). Nothing To Lose
3). Say Hello (to my little friend)
4). All You Got To Do
5). Calm Before The Storm
6). Belly Of The Blues
7). Big Bad Wolf
8). Black Flies
9). You Only Live Once
10). Never Go Back
The background concept of the album is about moving forward in life and tracks 1, 2 ,4, 9
and 10 seek to convey this message, whether it is about striving to succeed against the
odds or the fact that life is for real and not a dress rehearsal.
Tracks 3 and 8 are about dealing with problems whilst track 7 is a light hearted look at
some of the frightening things in life seen through a child’s eyes.
Track 5 is in many ways self-explanatory but gives the band a wonderful opportunity for
a theatrical explosion during the chorus lines.
Finally track 6, a cover of a Sandi Thom album number, has long been a favourite in the band’s set list and evokes much of the traditional passion of the blues.
The band have gone for a more rock orientated up tempo approach to set the pulse racing.