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Jack Butler Society plays originals and classic rock hits with lap steel

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I wasn’t feeling too sharp this week, so I missed a lot of shows this week, including the return of the Windy City Opry Project Wild edition in Thursday, so made a point of stopping by the Slice, Saturday, June 4 to see what the Jack Butler Society was about.

The Jack Butler Society plays the Slice, June 4. Photo by Richard Amery

Apparently the other band on the bill, The Suit Jacket Society who were in Europe and weren’t playing so the Jack Butler Society waited for a crowd that never came. They got up and played anyway as a couple people trickled in.


They began their set with a couple of Black Crowes covers, then played a couple of originals, which I liked. They had big, meaty, blues influenced  ’70s riffs.


 The bassist/ lead singer has a big, resonant, gravelly voice, reminding me a little of Paul Type and  a lot of Bonn Scott, though I didn’t hear them play any AC DC.


 They went back to covers as a few people wandered in including the Tragically Hip’s “Blow at high Dough.” They added a few more covers and showed a lot of variety in their choice of covers including well word bar room standards like “ Home For a Rest” and   “Brown Eyed Girl,” but they also played “ Sympathy for the Devil and and George Michael’s “Faith.” and some more Tragically Hip with “Grace Too.”


 But they got extra cool points when the  guitarist switched to lap steel guitar and knocked off an impressive cover of David Lindley’s “ Mercury Blues.,” before ending with “Rocky Mountain Way,” which also sounded really cool on a lap steel, after which they took a break.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 June 2022 16:56 )  
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