With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of 18 Alex Butler decided to form a band. The blues/rock outfit Red Butler emerged in April 2012, and the established line up consists of Alex Butler (guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums), Jane Pearce (vocals) and Mike Topp (bass).
Drawing upon influences from SRV, Etta James, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Free, King King, Santana and Derek Trucks the band have developed their own style of writing and have begun producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions. The band have been mentioned a number of times by the blues media culminating in the award for ‘Best New UK Act’ 2014 via the Writers Poll for Blues Matters!
Following the successful launch of their debut album ‘Freedom Bound’ in summer 2014 the band have been working hard on new material for a follow up album. Working with acclaimed producer Wayne Proctor, recording began in January 2016. The album will be released later in the year.
Heightened exposure has brought many rewards and Red Butler are now receiving invitations to perform throughout the country at forthcoming festivals and high profile support slots.
In September 2015, Red Butler came runners up in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards, with Alex Butler also runner up for Young Artist. In October 2015, the band won the 2nd UK Blues Challenge, and represented the UK at the European Blues Challenge hosted in Italy in 2016. Autumn 2016 and their eagerly anticipated brand new album is finally set to be released...