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Walker performing in 2014
|Birth name||Bradley Glenn Walker|
November 14, 1969 |
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
|Genres||Glam metal (early), post-grunge, pop punk, pop rock, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, percussion, organ, banjo, mandolin, programming|
|Associated acts||Marvelous 3, SouthGang, Floyds Funk Revival, Floyds, The All-American Rejects, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Brian Fallon|
Bradley Glenn "Butch" Walker (born November 14, 1969) is an American recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He was the lead guitarist for the metal band SouthGang from the late 1980s to early 1990s as well as the lead vocalist and guitarist for rock band Marvelous 3 from 1997 until 2001.
Walker grew up in Cartersville, Georgia, working as a guitarist and performer in several rock bands in the 1980s, including Badd Boyz and Byte the Bullet. In 1988, he took Byte the Bullet to Los Angeles and they were signed to Virgin Records within the year. The band then changed their name to SouthGang and released two albums, Tainted Angel in 1991 and Group Therapy in 1992. SouthGang was one of the first bands to tour China in the early 1990s. Southgang eventually disbanded after Virgin modified their contract and tried to send them in the wrong direction. Walker and the rest of the SouthGang members continue to remain on good terms.
After Southgang, Walker formed a new band with ex-SouthGang members Jayce Fincher and Mitch McLee (aka: Doug Mitchell), calling themselves Floyd's Funk Revival after Walker's birthplace Floyd County, Georgia. Walker shared lead vocals in the band with Fincher's wife, Chrystina Lloree. They released one full-length album, Creamy. The album contained thirteen original tracks with Lloree taking a large share of the lead vocals and heavy reliance on guitar. The band then shortened their name to The Floyds. They released one self-titled album on the Deep South label, which contained ten original tracks along with a humorous intro piece. Bonus tracks included a cover of Duran Duran's "Rio", and a live rendition of the Shasta soda jingle from the late seventies. The style of both these albums was guitar-oriented, mainstream rock with mild funk influences, and was a forerunner to the more basic guitar-oriented rock approach Walker took later with Marvelous 3. Although the albums are highly regarded among the people who discovered them, they failed to sell many copies, and both albums are now quite rare. They are highly coveted by fans of Butch Walker, and the few copies that surface in the used CD market today command very high prices.
In 1997, Walker, Fincher, and McLee transformed themselves again, scaling back to a trio with Walker handling all the lead vocals. They also decided to streamline their sound to more of a "power pop" type of band. Calling themselves Marvelous 3, they released the album Math and Other Problems on Deep South Records in 1997. They followed this in 1999 with Hey! Album on Elektra Records and had a minor hit with the song "Freak of the Week." The next year, they released their final album, ReadySexGo, also on Elektra. That album failed to continue the momentum created by the prior release, however, and perceiving a lack of support from their record label, they disbanded in 2001. Their final concert was on August 3, 2001 at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park in front of their hometown fans.
Butch Walker then began a solo career, releasing the albums Left of Self-Centered in 2002, Letters in 2004 and The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites in 2006. In 2005 he played over 200 live shows across both the U.S. and Japan, and he released his first DVD, Live at Budokan. At the end of 2005 he was named as Rolling Stone's producer of the year. Butch Walker was featured as a headlining artist on the MySpace-promoted Inaugural Hotel Cafe tour, supporting independent artists from the Los Angeles venue of the same name.
Butch Walker began 2008 by setting out many dates for new songs, DVDs, new albums both with the band 1969, which he is the bassist and lead singer for, and also a solo record titled Sycamore Meadows. He stated that he was planning to release something on every major holiday in 2008. On February 14, 2008, an audio release of Walker's live performance in his hometown of Atlanta, GA, was released. A DVD of this show followed on March 17, 2008. The DVD and audio are titled Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street (Luckie Street is the road the venue at which the show was played, the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA). Then working with Michael Chislett of The Academy Is... and Darren Dodd of The Let's Go Out Tonites under the name 1969 released a full-length debut album titled Maya on April 1, 2008. Sycamore Meadows was originally slated for a holiday release in the summer of 2008, but was postponed due to personal reasons until November 11, according to his MySpace blog. The first single from Sycamore Meadows was the first track, titled "The Weight of Her". The video for "Ships in a Bottle" documents Walker walking on the grounds of his home on Sycamore Meadows Drive in Southern California after it was destroyed by the wildfires of November 2007. Both Maya and Sycamore Meadows were released on a limited run of vinyl.
Walker played a series of sold-out live shows with just acoustic guitar and vocals beginning in fall 2009, accompanied at various times by Pink, actor Jeremy Piven, Jim Bianco, the Chapin Sisters and doctor Stephen Patt on steel guitar. Out of the shows came a cover of Taylor Swift's single "You Belong with Me" on banjolin, which was later recorded as a video and audio version in his studio. Swift blogged about the video and then invited Walker to appear with her at the winter 2010 Grammy Awards.
Walker began work on his next album in 2009, and ultimately released I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart on February 23, 2010 under the band name Butch Walker & the Black Widows. Recording sessions were held at RubyRed Productions in Santa Monica, California. Walker support of the record included touring with Train beginning March 2010, a headlining tour of the US, and opening for Pink in Europe on her Stadium Festival Tour.
On August 30, 2011 Butch Walker released his second album with the Black Widows entitled The Spade. On October 25, 2011 Walker released his first book, an autobiography entitled Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt.
Following the release of two EPs in 2013 and 2014, his latest solo album "Afraid of Ghosts" was released in early 2015 and a national club tour followed.
In June 2016 it was announced that Walker's new album would be title "Stay Gold", to be released on August 26 on Dangerbird Records in America and on Lojinx in Europe. The album is once again self-produced by Walker, with songs "Stay Gold", "East Coast Girl" and "Descending" (featuring Ashley Monroe) issued before the album release.
Butch Walker continues to record and tour and also write songs and produce for many known pop artists and rock bands.
Productions and collaborations
In July 2009, Butch Walker worked with Weezer on their album Raditude. Walker mentioned working with the band during a radio interview with 99X. He was being interviewed via phone along with Cee Lo Green from Gnarls Barkley who was in the actual studio. Walker co-wrote and produced several songs on Raditude, including the first single, "If You're Wondering if I Want You To... (I Want You To)", which hit number two on the Modern Rock Chart.
In 2007, Walker provided guest vocals on Fall Out Boy's third record Infinity on High, on the track "You're Crashing, but You're No Wave", and co-produced the track "Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?" with singer Patrick Stump. He also made a brief cameo in the video for "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race".
Walker also appears in The Academy Is... videos for "Slow Down" and "We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands" as well as the video for "So What" by Pink. He also co-wrote the songs "Breaking" and "Younglife", both of which are performed and co-written by Anberlin.
Walker also joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. He was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards. In 2008 Walker signed on to judge a competition called Spin's Hot Pursuit to find an unsigned band for Epic Records/Original Signal hosted on Music Nation. He had previously served as a guest judge for the CBS reality television show Rock Star: Supernova and produced the band's first album.
In March 2009, the song "Open Happiness" debuted, a new business venture by Coca-Cola, written by Walker, and featuring Cee Lo Green, Travis McCoy, Janelle Monáe, Patrick Stump and Brendon Urie. This song has a Cantonese cover version by Joey Yung on her new album, A Time For Us, and she is also filming advertisements for Coca Cola in Chinese.
Many of his songs have been hits for other artists, including Avril Lavigne, Sevendust, Injected, The Donnas, Hot Hot Heat, American Hi-Fi, Default, Gob, Midtown, Puffy AmiYumi, Pete Yorn, Fall Out Boy, Quietdrive, The All-American Rejects, SR-71, The Academy Is... and recently The Cab, Saosin, Never Shout Never, Weezer, Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low.
The documentary Out of Focus premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2012. Directed by Shane Valdés and Peter Harding, it focuses on Butch Walker's life and music. Its first European showing occurred in the context of the Oldenburg Filmfest, Germany (August 2012).
As a child, Walker struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia. He also had weight problems. When he graduated high school, he says that he weighed 215 lbs but subsequently dropped to 165 lbs. In November 2007, Walker and his family lost all of their possessions, including the masters to every song he had ever recorded, when the Malibu home he was renting from Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers burned down as a result of a wildfire in Southern California. He titled his next album Sycamore Meadows after the street the house was on.
He is married to Norah Walker and has a son, James Blue Walker. Butch Walker splits his time between Malibu, CA and Nashville, TN.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2002||Left of Self-Centered||—||12||—|
|2006||The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites||140||2||294|
|2010||I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart||125||1||—|
|2015||Afraid of Ghosts||104||1||—|
|"—" denotes albums that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
- This Is Me... Justified and Stripped (2004)
- Acoustic: Live In Atlanta (2005)
- Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street (2008)
- Heartwork (2004)
- Cover Me Badd (2005)
- Live at Lollapalooza 2008 (2008)
- Here Comes The... EP (2009)
- Peachtree Battle (2013) #127 US, #3 Heatseekers
- End of the World (One More Time) / Battle vs. The War (2014)
- This Is Me... Justified and Stripped (2003)
- Live at Budokan (2005)
- Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street (2008)
- Butch Walker: Out of Focus (2013)
- Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt (2011)
- "One Tree Hill (soundtrack)" by various artists (2005)
- "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave" By Fall Out Boy (2007)
- "Christmas All Over Again" by Butch Walker and Taryn Manning (2008)
- "Good Times" By Tommy Lee (2005)
As a producer
- Marvelous 3 – Math and Other Problems (1997)
- Marvelous 3 – Hey! Album (1998)
- Marvelous 3 – Ready, Sex, Go (2000)
- Injected – Burn It Black (2002)
- Bowling for Soup – Drunk Enough to Dance (2002)
- SR-71 – Tomorrow (2002)
- Pete Yorn – Day I Forgot (2003)
- Shawn Mars – Red Means Go (2003)
- Gob – Foot in Mouth Disease (2003)
- Default – Elocation (2003)
- Sevendust – Seasons (2003)
- Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin (2004)
- Simple Plan – Still Not Getting Any... (2004)
- Midtown – Forget What You Know (2004)
- The Donnas – Gold Medal (2004)
- American Hi-Fi – Hearts on Parade (2005)
- Lindsay Lohan – A Little More Personal (2005)
- Wakefield – Which Side Are You On? (2005)
- Pink – I'm Not Dead (2006)
- PUFFY – Splurge (2006)
- Family Force 5 – Business Up Front/Party in the Back (2006)
- Pete Yorn – Nightcrawler (2006)
- Quietdrive – When All That's Left Is You (2006)
- Rock Star Supernova – Rock Star Supernova (2006)
- Bowling for Soup – The Great Burrito Extortion Case (2006)
- Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing (2007)
- The Academy Is... – Santi (2007)
- The Honorary Title – Scream & Light Up the Sky (2007)
- Hot Hot Heat – Happiness Ltd. (2007)
- PUFFY – Honeycreeper (2007)
- The Automatic – This Is a Fix (2008)
- Katy Perry – One of the Boys (2008)
- Pink – Funhouse (2008)
- The Films – Oh, Scorpio! (2009)
- Secondhand Serenade – A Twist in My Story (2009)
- PUFFY – Bring It! (2009)
- All Time Low – Nothing Personal (2009)
- Weezer – Raditude (2009)
- Saosin – In Search of Solid Ground (2009)
- Plastiscines – About Love (2009)
- Dashboard Confessional – Alter the Ending (2009)
- Never Shout Never – What Is Love (2010)
- The Maine (band) – Black & White (2010)
- Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby (2011)
- Panic! at the Disco – Vices & Virtues (2011)
- The Wombats – This Modern Glitch (2011)
- Gavin DeGraw – Sweeter (2011)
- Ida Maria – Katla (2011)
- Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine (2011)
- Lit – The View from the Bottom (2012)
- Pink – The Truth About Love (2012)
- Taylor Swift – Red (2012)
- Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll (2013)
- Panic! at the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013)
- Keith Urban – Fuse (2013) – Even the Stars Fall 4 U
- Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People (2015)
- Brian Fallon – Painkillers (2016)
- Carly Rae Jepsen - Everywhere You Look (2016)
- Walker, Butch (2011). Drinking with Strangers. William Morrow. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-06-178731-7.
Rome, Georgia however is the city I was born in on November 14, 1969...
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- Butch Walker on Twitter
- Butch Walker on Last.fm
- Butch Walker on DeliRadio
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- Interview from 2002 from PlugInMusic.com
- Butch Walker's Top 10 Albums of 2008
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- Trailer of the documentary movie "Out of Focus" (2012)