Ben Butler | Truth in Guitars

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Truth in Guitars

by Ben Butler

First solo release from New York based sideman and session guitarist puts the acoustic guitar front and center with an all-star cast of musicians, conjuring sounds of Celtic, African, Eastern, Americana and Classical music played with soul and finesse.
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1. Flatlands
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2. The Work
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3. Sparks
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4. Blackwaterside
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5. Exit 19
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6. Bach Cello Suite
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7. The Start
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8. Long Way Back
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9. Dreaming of Bamako
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10. The Big 3
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11. Our Ship Is Ready/Butler's Jig
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12. On a Tuesday
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Album Notes
Australian guitarist Ben Butler has been living in New York since the early 90's, making his living playing the guitar with artists such as George Michael, Chris Botti, Suzanne Vega, Jonatha Brooke, Paula Cole, The East Villiage Opera Company, Dar Williams, and has worked in the studio or on stage with Bono and Edge of U2, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Burt Bacharach, Diana Krall, Dionne Warwick, Josh Groban, Stevie Nicks, and on and on goes the list. As a writer Ben has composed music for the films Heights, The Insurgents, and played on soundtracks to many other films. Truth In Guitars is Butler's first release as a solo artist, and contains many original compositions and some traditional Irish songs and the famous Bach Cello Suite. Although the music on this release is fairly wide-ranging, the sound of Butler's guitar and his musical sensibility and touch unify the music with a single voice. It is obvious that there is a background in solo steel-string acoustic guitar (Ben was a one-time student of Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel) and also a foundation in Jazz, blues and American roots-music. But Ben has apparently been listening to a lot of African guitar players, Ali Farke Toure for example, as well as celtic guitar and middle-eastern music. All of these shades form a total picture that is very musical, not too eclectic, and with a personal style. There are also a lot of different stringed instruments being played as supporting elements, for example Charango, National Steel, Lap Steel, Cigar Box Guitar, Nylon String Guitar, Archtop Guitar, and textural electric guitars. Some beautiful Violin solos from Jonathan Dinklage adorn some of the tracks, and the stellar drums, percussion and bass playing are provided by some of New York's finest players. The recording is beautifully made, the mix was provided by legendary engineer Kevin Killen of U2, Peter Gabriel and Bowie fame. This CD may have been a long time in coming but it certainly was worth the wait and will no doubt be followed by many more in the future, once the listening public respond so positively as they surely will to "Truth In Guitars".



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I cannot recall being so excited to discover a new guitarist. As both a choreographer and a musician, I am immeasurably impressed with Butler's skill and intuition regarding "build" and composition. His works are diverse, intelligent, poignant, and offer those surprising "left turns" - places where I do not expect him to go. I hear a million influences here; at times, I hear Kottke, Gulezian, and Michael Hedges; other times, I hear early Craig Chaquico; in another moment, I get the swampy feel of Memphis and players like Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Butler's multilayered works inspire me to create dances and to push myself beyond the limits of my own songwriting. Thank you, Mr. Butler, for an album I will be listening to for years. Please keep writing.