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Butch Rice Bio

Hi. My name is Butch Rice. I sing and I write a song every now and then. I’ve lived in Louisville, KY for most of my life and I love music. As long as I can remember there has been music in my life, music all around me, music inside me. It’s always been there. I don’t really know where it started or how I got hooked. I close my eyes to remember and I find myself at my Granny’s player piano with her playing while her brothers and sisters gathered around her singing along. I’m listening to my Great-Grandmother humming next to me as he wrote in her diary. My Grandfather is blasting Big Boss Man on the 8-track of his 1978 Pontiac Bonneville as we drove down a country gravel road. I’m sitting in front of my Aunt’s stereo listening to her copies of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper and Rubber Soul. My Mom is playing Stevie Wonder’s Greatest Hits on the way to my Grandparents for the holidays and my Dad changes the tape so Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and Earth Wind and Fire sing to us on the way back home. Mtv is on and I can’t get enough. I can remember trying to sing along with it all.

One day a dear friend asked me, “Butch you have so many CD’s and LP’s. You’re always going to a show. Why don’t you play an instrument? Had you thought about playing guitar?” I think you could almost see the light bulb go off in my head! Less than a week later I’d rented a Fender Gemini II guitar. I’ve been, driving roommates crazy, breaking strings, playing in bands and writings song every since that day.

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