Review: Paul Butler – Days Will Come

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 19, 2013

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Paul Butler – Days Will Come

(Self-release: PAJ01CD)

Paul Butler has a long and distinguished history in the British blues booms; he made his recording debut in 1964, was closely associated with the legendary Blue Horizon label, and worked with BB King on the latter’s “In London” album – among many other accomplishments. He retired from music in 1982, but decided to come back after 27 years.

Now this is in no way a blues album, as Paul himself admits; there is a sense of loss about many of the songs, caused by the death of Paul’s son in January 2012, but there is also a sense of optimism too. Musically, the album does include blues – try the New Orleans flavoured jazzy opener, and listen out for features such as the guitar work on ‘You’re The One’.

The blues does underpin many of these compositions, though the overall impression is of an Americana album, with steel guitar to be heard frequently in these heartfelt and deeply personal compositions.

However, Paul’s history and the presence of his long-time blues associate Pete Wingfield (Paul’s compadre in Jellybread, as the notes tell us), plus occasional very bluesy tracks such as ‘Can’t Help Myself’ (with its Stax feel), the tricksy instrumental ‘Mumbo Gumbo’ and ‘Queen Of The Movies’ mean that this release is certainly worth checking out if you remember Paul from his earlier incarnation or if you just want to hear some rootsy, bluesy, and emotional material.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.paulbutler-music.com

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