J. T. Butler & The Horizon
I am a singer/songwriter, and rhythm guitarist. I also play piano and bass. My family has been musicians, singers, and dancers for the last five generations. My Mom taught us how to sing to keep us busy on trips when I was about 7 and music has been almost a daily part of my life since that time. We had a family gospel group that performed off and on for almost 20 years in the area I grew up in. I took piano lessons at 11 or 12, but only for about 3 months. I became a member of the glee club in High School and stayed with it for three years. When I was 18 and in the Air Force, a friend of mine named Joe De Long, taught me my first guitar chords and helped me find my first guitar. I started as a self-taught guitarist, but I finally connected with a teacher through the Jazz Workshop (Paul Cierley) and he has helped me to improve quite a bit. After I damaged my hand at age 27, I used guitar scales and chord progression exercises to restore the health of that hand (guitar therapy, ha ha). I have been in vocal groups (R&B cover groups, glee, gospel choirs), sung solos at church, in one theater production, and been a guitarist and singer for Blues cover bands, Classic Rock Bands and R & B groups.
Currently, I am Vice-President and a Jam Master for the Kern River Blues Society and I also serve as a member of the Board of Directors of The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop and occasionally substitute for the Jam Master at the Jazz Workshop.
The Horizon Blues Band specializes in Blues, Rhythm & Blues/Soul, Blues/Rock and some Jazz Standards. The band plays both covers and originals. The members of the band are Eastside Johnny (John Wonderly) on Harmonica and Vocals, Corwin Thompson on Bass and Pat Frase on Drums. Both Eastside and Corwin are from Bakersfield, CA. Pat is from Green Bay, WI and I was born in Temple, TX, but raised in the L.A. Area. Every one of us has a lot of experience playing, but Pat is hands down the best musician in the band. We have been together for eight years and are constantly expanding our range of songs and styles.
I also play and sing with The Red River Blues Project and play solo events.
I hope you enjoy our songs.
J. T. Butler