Grammy-nominated guitarist Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of influential recording artists who emerged from the legendary Boston music scene. MTV videos, hit songs and incendiary live performances comprise the underpinnings of a rich music career that continues today.
Jon Butcher's signature sound features his powerful soul-infused vocals; and his guitar work reflects a skillful mix of Rock and R&B, Funk and Soul, Jazz and Americana, all of it focused through a prism built from the Blues. Jon’s powerhouse live performances with bandmates Chris Martin ( bass), Jeff Keithline (bass), John Anthony (drums), Marty Richards (drums) are electrifying and not surprisingly playing to packed venues everywhere!
Open All Night
The new album is finally done! The first single released this Summer was SHAKY GROUND., the new single and title track, OPEN ALL NIGHT. " The first single SHAKY GROUND was a reaction to the JAN 6 Capital insurrection. I realized however that the song resonated on another level, as a result we made a pretty dramatic vid which captures the emotion of that day without the politics. The vid is whack."
The 2nd single is a travelogue about living as a Black man and an American in the USA . " They're both my identities, both how I self-identify. Lately those two things can appear to be in conflict but I still believe in the promise of America. That belief has been tested, we all know and feel it. Still, this is my home and I love my home. Sometimes you're in conflict with those you love and many of us are feeling that right now. That's what the new album is about." Jon's 13th Int'l release OPEN ALL NIGHT is set for release Sept 3 2023.
"I've been recording at 'Bang-a-Song Studios in Gloucester MA ( thank you Tony Goddess and Warren Babson ) for about the last 12mos, recorded at least 20 songs until I found the right 10 screaming to get out. We're living in exceptional times though not necessarily good. The great upheaval." " There's a lot of guitar playing on this album- electric, acoustic, nylon string, dobro, 12-string, pretty much anything with strings makes an appearance. "
The Real World
Jon continues; "Women's rights are under assault like never before, gun violence is everywhere and our body politics are incendiary to say the least. All of it in combination creates enough material for anyone to write about." Jon continues, " Anyone even remotely familiar with me since Life Takes a Life knows there's always been a political reflection in my music. The chaos we live in now takes a toll on all of us, every day no matter where you live. In many ways we're all exhausted from it. Still, there's hope. We all want to reclaim hope and the possibility for a better tomorrow."
Songs For Mary
2023 featured the release of SONGS FOR MARY, the soundtrack album created by Jon and Dawn Carroll about the amazing story and life of Black opera singer Mary Caldwell Dawson. SONGS FOR MARY is one of the most musically ambitious projects Jon has undertaken as a producer and creator of music for film and stage production. " SONGS FOR MARY is a great source of pride. Dawn and I agreed that this was a story which needed to be told. Mary Dawson was a powerhouse in a time where women were suppressed. She is absolutely a part of the great American storybook." The early release of the soundtrack album SONGS FOR MARY will be available here.
2023 also features GYPSY CARAVAN, the new album and debut of Butcher, Baglio & Estes which features the collaborative songwriting of Jon, Sal Baglio ( The Amplifier Heads, Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes, The Stompers) and legendary singer-songwriter Allen Estes. GYPSY CARAVAN is 11 new songs of rock blues, and acoustic blues full of rich harmonies and Jon's acrobatic and soul-infused guitar work- available now!
Says Jon," This is a great record, strong, soulful and above all it has its roots in the Blues. I haven't done a band collaborative thing since Leland Sklar and I were in Barefoot Servants. Making GYPSY was electric and so cool on multiple levels. And an opportunity to finally record with two of my best friends!"
With a discography of 21 LP and CD releases worldwide to his credit, critical acclaim and great reviews of Jon Butcher 360° and 2021's hit album SPECIAL DAY it should come as no surprise that Jon's creative output is- still- on fire.
Watch for the OPEN ALL NIGHT album hard copy thIs September and the 2nd single wherever fine streaming is available on Sept 3. "The album is diverse musicialy but focused lyrically. It also has some of my best guitar playing ever. The first single released in August, the 2nd single and whole album set to release in early Sept. I'm proud of it, my best work to date ”
OPEN ALL NIGHT the album launches 9/3/23. The here and the now.