The Butler Did It!
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