Dateline SAT DEC3 PITTMANS FREIGHT ROOM LACONIA, NH w/ HOLY WAR Tour…
Dateline WED JUL20 FENWAY PARK, Boston MA w/ HOLY WAR Tour…
Dateline JUL24 ROCK THE BLOCK PROV, RI w/ HOLY WAR Tour…
Dateline AUG18 THE SHED SANTE FE, NM w/ HOLY WAR Tour…
Dateline AUG19 CENTER for ARTS PHEONIX, AZ w/ HOLY WAR Tour…
Dateline 2016 2ROADS EAST 2 ROADS EAST is now available @ iTunes, go to wwwelectricfactoryx.com to order Jon Butcher’s new Cd of all new music!*******recording has AGAIN wrapped at Q-Division Studios Somerville MA and at BANG-A-SONG Studios Gloucester MA Warren Babson engineering. The new cd of 10 all new tracks at last drops JULY30 2016. Jon says; ” Getting this Cd together and crystalized has been one of the great challanges of my life and career. I’ve gone back to record certain songs dozens of times, each time getting closer to the essence of what I was trying to express in the first place. 2ROADS EAST is a big departure from what AXIS was doing last year. While that was erupting during 2014-2015 2ROADS EAST was being conceived, written and recorded, taking about 18mos! There are some wonderful and monstrously talented guest musicians on 2RE which made the recording experience incredibly special. Among them LELAND SKLAR, JOHNNY A, TOMO FUJITA, CLIFF GOODWIN, CHELSEA BERRY, MEGAN WOLF, FLY AMERO, JEFF KEITHLINE, SANDY MAC, DAN KENNEY, CHRIS MARTIN and JOHN ANTHONY[drums]. But the 2RE vibe itself is just so cool, rhythmic and tribal- deep electric soul. 2ROADS EAST is also about where roads intersect and about where they don’t- life on planet Earth is complicated, particularly in the ‘age of Trump’. And of course, my ’63 white Stratocaster is a central figure, the ‘simultaneous six-string soul-extraction quart of blood‘ technique. It isn’t well known.” Stay tuned here for more updates and pre-release music samples from 2ROADS EAST!
- the 4th annual Morning Buzz BUZZ BALL holiday stage production on Dec16 2014 at the Palace Theater Manchester NH was once again a bonafide hit with the sold-out attendees.The stage production, brainchild of producer Jim Roach features a Broadway-worthy mix of music and comedy, this year featuring a duet by Saturday Night Live’s CHRISTINE OHLMAN and JON BUTCHER, with their performance of PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART. Bringing down the house, oh yes.
- Dateline Experience Hendrix Tour 2014, Hampton Beach NH MAR 27! Jon made a special appearance w/ the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR 2014 @ the Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton, NH. Although backstage hang-time w/ Aerosmith’s BRAD WHITFORD, BILLY COX, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, JONNY LANG, ERIC JOHNSON, ANA POPOVIC and the ageless BUDDY GUY was cool, the real fireworks were enacted on-stage as ERIC GALES and Jon Butcher burned a particularly intense version of Foxy Lady for the sold-out house ! Also standout that night, Eric Johnson’s rendition of Jimi’s MAY THIS BE LOVE, which was on point and a faithful homage to the original. Kudos to show Producer JOHN MCDERMOTT for a wristwatch smooth operation.
- Dateline GEAR WARS! Jon has been sa-winging with the vintage RI FUZZ FACE and ’69 WAH built by madman KYLE CHASE at CHASE TONE Pedals www.chasetone.com. Both pedals are perfectly pitched, appear to be tickling JB to death and are built to withstand Hurricane AXIS!
The Return of JON BUTCHER AXIS
The iconic Boston hard rock power trio JON BUTCHER AXIS returns with a new CD. the first since its mysterious and abrupt dissolution in 1983. Recording the new Cd with original bassist CHRIS MARTIN wrapped at Q-DIVISION STUDIOS in Somerville MA, titled, AXIS 3.
“It’s the first AXIS music recorded since we parted ways, Derek Blevins [drums], Chris Martin [bass] and I”, Jon says. “The sessions have been amazing, surprising really in the context of so much time having passed. We’re re-recording some of the bands most-loved material like it should have been recorded the first time. The fist two Polydor records were produced by the late Pat Moran [Robert Plant]. We never felt those recordings did justice to the band’s power and intensity live, ironically the very things that got us signed to Polydor in the first place! AXIS 3 will set that right.”
Songs on the AXIS 3 Cd cover the gamut, with new versions of familiar hits WISHES, OCEAN IN MOTION, HOLY WAR and LIFE TAKES A LIFE, as well as the Hendrix-ian instrumental tour-de-force, The SENTINEL.
Jon continues, “We’re also recorded a song I did with Ben Schultz [BAREFOOT SERVANTS], DOG DAYS and a cover of Jimi Hendrix’, AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE. We approached this one with utter reverence for the original, both in terms of execution and in the sounds. I think guitar players will love it.”
- Dateline Worcester MA ! JON BUTCHER AXIS fans were treated to a guitar slinger tour-de-force with the JBA concert @ Hanover Theater Worcester MA on April 26. The band did its best to give the 1400 fans in attendance everything they came for— the old, the new and the unexpected. And with an impressive concert lighting system brought in for the event cell phone cameras everywhere got what they came for too. Joining JON BUTCHER AXIS on the bill were The FOOLS and AUGUST w/ Worcester MA hometown fav Jimmy D’Angelo.