"what drives this set more than anything is Rice's distinctive voice. It is truly unique, both soulful and intense, with a timbre that fits his emotionally-driven songs perfectly. His singing style is similarly unique, because he fills in gaps – even when he isn't belting out a lyric, often he will fill space with oohs and ohs that somehow sound just as heart-wrenching as lines like, "As I fall to the floor/On my knees I scream your name." Pure Pop Fall For Me (Independent) Butch Rice
“Butch Rice Acoustic Pop One of my favorite independent CDs of all time David Hooper Kathode Ray Music I get dozens of demos and CDs in the mail weekly. Most are just rehashed rock tunes or something else that doesn't really grab my attention. This disc grabbed my attention in a big way. In fact, I like it so much that I have listened to it probably 50 times since I first met Butch at the Atlantis Music Conference and he handed me a copy. This disc is just a 2-track recording of Butch and his guitar, but to me that is what music is all about. There is no fancy production and you can (apparently) hear some mistakes, but the connection is definitely there and I think that's the most important thing you can have. Butch Rice cuts through all the crap on this release. The simpilicity is what makes it so perfect. I would recommend this disc to anybody!”
"Music is even more jaded. Listeners have become diabetic, allergic to sucrose. It’s a special talent that can melt away that shell. Butch Rice attempts just that with Fall For Me. The title track opens the album, and its mood echoes that of the rest of the record. If there’s a hint of melancholy, it’s the type that happens two steps past despair — a 7 a.m. skyline...my armor is just a bit softer than it was an hour ago." Butch Rice Fall for Me Independent Release Nice Talent BY DAMIEN MCPHERSON
“ear X-tacy recording artist Butch Rice has been acclaimed by critics across the country for his music and rightfully so…Rice's efforts on Acoustic Pop deserve to be heard by young and old alike as they get the true best of both worlds - classic music mixed with the adapted pop lyrics of today.”
“Not the typical approach to the genre – the collection of slow, death-and-loss-ridden numbers (which is an excellent approach itself – see Nebraska) …Rice has given listeners a predominately up tempo record of honest, raw emotion…The warm timbre of his voice is smoky and rich”
"…a strong presence on Louisville's original-music scene as a solo acoustic performer. His angst-prone songs, many of which center on love that is troubled, lost, or otherwise screwed up, are naturals for such intimate conditions."
“There are honest, mature pop songs available with lyrics strengthened with true emotions, sung with a richness that flows like warm silver under your skin. You'll find a baker's dozen of such tender mercies in ACOUSTIC POP…it's not the kind of recording you simply listen to. You languish in it”
"This album is living proof that some of the best music out there today is not coming from the big monolithic mega-labels, but instead from the smaller independent labels like ear X-tacy…Butch Rice is the real thing. Do yourself some good and buy this CD."