The Butler Did It!

by Jimmy
(Austin, Texas)

Down But Not Bent

Down But Not Bent

A childhood in Arkansas, nursed on country and rock n' roll. When an older brother brought home a Ventures album in 1966,that was the beginning of a dream. Been chasing it ever since. Played Honky Tonks, Biker Bars, Church parking lots and my own High School reunion.

Got snatched up by a show band out of Detroit in 1977 and it was off to the races in the Motor City. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, among others influenced my playing and singing, oddly though, been compared to Lyle Lovett and Eric Clapton...go figure, in those days never intended to be a singer, just wanted to play the guitar.

Traveled extensively throughout the North and South.

1981, Austin Texas and the River City Band.....the only all white Band ever to be signed to Stacks Records in the early 70's....I got in on the down side, but had a blast and learned a ton. Really started getting my chops and was playing 4 and 5 nights a week for about 3 years, from there, I did solo projects and writing, jamming with Austin musicians.

A hot Texas night at the Soap Creek Saloon I was ask to get up and play a couple tunes with a young Blues guitarist named Stevie Ray Vaughn. Who knew??

1984 and 1985 "The Chronicle" Austin music poll, I was voted in the top 10 best guitarist.

A lot's happened since then, you'll have to wait for the movie....lol.

Since the summer of 2002 I have dedicated myself full-time to writing and performing. This would not be possible if it weren't for an amazing wife, children, and supportive friends.

It's a struggle sometimes, but I can't shake lose from it.......I always think of the title of one of the Ventures songs I first learned as a kid, for me I had to "Walk,Don't Run"

I'm 52yrs old now...one goal I have before I leave terra firma is to write one great song. I believe every songwriter has at least one tell all amazing song in there spirit somewhere........I'll not stop looking for mine. For now I'm just Jimmy Butler down here in Austin Texas trying to crank it out.

God Bless and Happy Hunting,

Jimmy B. Butler

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The Saddest Song I Ever Wrote
by: Larry W. Jones

Howdy Jimmy Butler. I/we all look forward to your experiences and hope to learn a lot from you. I like the idea of "writing the best song ever". Here is one I personally like, but it still needs music, recording and marketing. Yours maybe?

The Saddest Song I Ever Wrote (Larry W. Jones 02/22/2008) (song#5305)

Now, the warmest warmth I've ever known
Was the sweetest lips I kissed that day
And the storm that came with no warning
Was when your ship sailed so far away
Now, the greatest loss with greatest cost
Was watching the love between us fade
And the saddest song I ever wrote
Is the one the jukebox never played

Now, the coldest cold, so I've been told
Is the earth down at the southern pole
And the northern lights aren't very bright
When the warming sun ain't on patrol
Now, the lowest low that's so remote
Is six feet down in a cold dark grave
And the saddest song I ever wrote
Is the one the jukebox never played

They say time stands still for no one
But a memory can remain
Your mem'ry fills my loneliness
And sands of time can't kill the pain

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Now, the greatest loss with greatest cost
Was watching the love between us fade
And the saddest song I ever wrote
Is the one the jukebox never played

Now, the rain falls mainly on the plain
Over in Spain where the sun does shine
But the rain that's falling in my heart
Is now drowning this whole world of mine
Now, the day you left and rocked the boat
Dreams disappeared on the winds of trade
And the saddest song I ever wrote
Is the one the jukebox never played

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