You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your ReverbNation experience.
THE GENE BUTLER BAND, formed in 2006, is currently promoting their latest CD, “THAT LIGHT IS ALWAYS ON” with live performances in and around the Los Angeles area. Over the past six years the Band has played scores of venues, including the Troubadour, The Viper Room, The Key Club and The House Of Blues, to name but a few.
With over a hundred original songs to his name, Gene Butler has a unique approach to his music, a genre he calls “Concrete Americana”. There are no pick-up trucks or mother-in-laws here. No crossover/pop country. Instead, his solid “concrete” sound is a hardcore, urban-American mix, blended with elements of Blues, R&B and Rock and Roll. They are songs born of life experiences and tell slice-of-life stories everyone can relate to. Add into the mix Gene’s honest, gritty vocals and the Band’s tight, consummate backup and you have the distinctive “concrete” sound of THE GENE BUTLER BAND.
Singer/Songwriter Gene Butler was born and partially raised in the small but musical city of Macon, Georgia where the likes of Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, Little Richard, The Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie all perfected their well known brands of music. Third of seven children, Butler’s love of music began from the very first memories of hearing his mother sing, even in the toughest and leanest of times. Hearing her sing meant that life was safe and things were going to turn out just fine.
At the age of ten Butler wrote his first song. It was a collaboration between Butler and his schoolmate, Larry McCoy. They had been picked up at midnight by the local police for walking the streets and violating the under age, ten o’clock curfew law. After spending a few hours in jail, then being bailed out by angry parents, Butler and McCoy met the next morning in the schoolyard and cranked out the words to their desperado story. The song is called “Momma Wish I’d Listened To You” and is on the first Gene Butler Band CD, “CONCRETE COUNTRY” where it is sung in it’s original acapella format.
In the early Seventies Butler and his family moved to Seattle, Washington. It was there he picked up his first guitar, a Tennessean Gretsch, and began to write and play in full fever. When he turned sixteen he and two of his brothers, Corneilus and Mikie, formed a band called The Mudville Flats. Corneilus on saxophone, Mikie on drums and Butler on guitar.
At the age of eighteen, Butler sold his first song. A country ballad titled “What Month Of The Year”. It was bought and recorded by the semi-famous Seattle group The Jerry Rowan Trio. To Butler’s horror, they somehow managed to turn his three-quarter time Country tune into a full fledged bosa-nova.
Fast forward to the present. Since that time Butler has performed all over the country in nearly every type of music venue known to woman, man or animal. Playing his own brand of original songs and music called Concrete Country he’s made fans and believers of people who swore they’d never listen to Country Music, but now swear they’ll never be so closed minded again. He and his current band members have recently completed their second Sunset Boulevard Tour performing at the world famous Viper Room, The Troubadour, The Key Club and The House Of Blues.
The Band has also just finished recording their second CD titled “That Light Is Always On” under Butler’s own independent label, “Concrete Country Music”. The new CD will be available in stores and online in March 2012.
TELEVISION & FEATURE FILMS
Gene Butler has had many of his songs placed in prime time television shows, including “GILMORE GIRLS” and “THE SIRENS”.
Seven of his compositions were placed in the feature films “HOLYMAN UNDERCOVER”, “RUN ON” and “THE LITTLE ACORN”.
Gene Butler has written two stage musicals, “LOW MOON MOUNTAIN” and “THE ALL FEMALE 1929 SKIDOO REVUE”. Both were produced in Los Angeles and had long, successful
INFLUENCES: Blues, R&B, Bluegrass, Rock-a-Billy, Urban Country