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Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler return to the John Peel Centre in December due to popular demand after a very successful show earlier this year. 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.
The band’s journey, since 2012 has seen them through a significant evolution, especially during the past year. Dan Spellman joined Alex Butler (lead guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums), and Mike Topp (bass) during the latter part of 2016 and became lead vocalist following the departure of Jane in December. The tightness of the new line up owes much to the fact that Alex, Charlie and Dan played together as ColdHeat for 4 years from the tender age of 14. Fans, new and old, have been thrilled by the heavier sound coupled with the ever present energy and excitement which are a Red Butler trademark.
November 2016 saw the culmination of 18 months preparation with the release of the band’s second album, “Nothing To Lose” produced by Wayne Proctor. This followed the success of their debut release, “Freedom Bound” in 2014. Due to the success of the current line-up, and in response to popular demand, the band released an EP this summer and are working towards a full album later this year. The brand new Red Butler EP – Acoustic – is now available. Producer Dan Crook recorded the band in a live setting, stripping back the arrangements to capture Red Butler like never before.
‘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; this theme will be further developed as they work on a third electric album. Influences include SRV, Free, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Gary Clarke Jr. Royal Blood and Vintage Trouble. Touring with the Laurence Jones, Billy Walton and Danny Bryant added enormously to the band’s experience.
The quality 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
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 and opened up the opportunity for duetting guitars. The onstage chemistry is obvious to audiences and the band is reveling in the experience.
“One to watch now and in the future” – Classic Rock Mag
“As good a blues rock combo as I’ve heard in a long time” – Louder Than War
Support from Paine County Outlaws & Hot Tramp
Hot Tramp is a contemporary Blues Rock n’ Roll three-piece band based in the East of England.
The members of the band all grew up playing live music together and formed Hot Tramp in 2013 with a view to going back to basics and the roots of what got them into playing music. Drawing inspiration from the great electric Blues bands of the 60’s as well as adding a touch of soulful R&B Hot Tramp’s ethos is not to reinvent the wheel but rather to keep it rolling! Hot Tramp are simply setting out to inject some youthful energy and originality to the massively diverse and long established culture that is Blues music.
Paine County Outlaws play a unique blend of Punk, Country, Rock and Blues. Hailing from the Suffolk/Norfolk borderline, the band is most active in the East Anglia area. “We are told that we’re ‘loud and energetic’, this makes sense as we live for the live show.” Their debut EP released on 03.06.17 both physically and on major online platforms.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch, the band like dialogue with their audience and as outlaws go they are quite approachable really, with the exception of Pete (P.o.P) – he’s miserable.