Information on Red Butler
Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler have gained followers across Britain and Europe during the past 6 years and aim to continue this process throughout their forthcoming tours of the UK and Spain. Wherever they play audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band from Sussex.
The band’s journey, since Alex formed the band in 2012, has seen them through a significant evolution, especially during the past 18 months. Dan Spellman joined Alex Butler (lead guitar) Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass) during the latter part of 2016. The chemistry of the new line up owes much to the fact that Alex, Charlie and Dan played together as Cold Heat for 4 years from the tender age of 14. Fans, new and old, have been thrilled by the heavier sound coupled with the abundant energy and excitement which are a Red Butler trademark.
By 2017 the band had produced two EP’s and two full length albums, they were headlining festivals and performing regularly at circuit venues throughout the country. In addition, they have enjoyed touring with established UK bands and The Billy Walton Band from the USA, all of which added enormously to the band’s experience.
Whilst retaining the support of their established blues/rock followers, Red Butler recognise the need to establish a rapport with a younger audience. This presents some challenges but as previous generations of musicians have demonstrated it is possible to appeal to a wider audience without “selling out”. Influences include SRV, Free, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Gary Clarke Jr. Royal Blood and Vintage Trouble.
The quality of their music has seen Red Butler win national awards. Successes include:
Although busy working on new material the band continue to thrill audiences as they develop a heavier sound whilst preserving the passion and sensitivity that is their style. The presence of Dan on rhythm guitar has generated more space for Alex to express himself as lead guitarist and created the opportunity for duetting guitars. The onstage chemistry is obvious to audiences and the band is revelling in the experience.
Key Achievements and Highlights
* 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
*Dan Spellman takes over as lead vocalist
*Toured with Billy Walton Band
*Released Acoustic EP
*Headlined Hereford Blues Festival
*Finalist for Best Band in UKBlues Awards
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 …’
Nothing To Lose – 2016
Having spent 18 months in preparation Red Butler’s second album ‘Nothing To Lose’ was released in 2016. 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 lighthearted 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.