With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of 18 Alex Butler decided to form a band. April 2012 saw the beginning of the blues/rock band emerge as Red Butler with Alex Butler (guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums), Jane Pearce (vocals) and Steve Eveleigh (bass). July 2014 saw Mike Topp replace Steve.
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 are working hard on new material for a follow up album. Considerable interest has been shown in this project, which should come to fruition towards the latter part of 2015.
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.
Highlights for 2012
Alex mentioned in Blues Matters after his appearance on the jam stage at R&B Festival Skegness in January as ‘one to watch’.
Playing Hyde Park, London, during the Olympics.
Debut EP released – late 2012
Highlights for 2013
Track from debut EP played by Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 Blues Show.
Track included on Classic Rock/Blues Compilation album.
Invitation to perform at Great British R&B Festival Colne, Lancs. (2 fringe slots).
Blue Blood section of Blues Matters Magazine – Aug/Sept
Track included on Krossborder Rekords Kompilation Vol. 1
Highlights for 2014
Numerous blues festival appearances.
Support slots including Aynsley Lister (x 2), Chantel McGregor, Larry Miller, Ron Sayer, Stevie Nimmo Trio.
Return to Great British R&B Festival Colne, Lancs. – British Stage and Acoustic Stage.
Performance at the legendary 100 Club, London