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Butch Ross - November 10
The one phrase you’ll hear most often at a Butch Ross concert is “I didn’t know you could do that with a mountain dulcimer.” Ross has taken a simple folk instrument and energized it with technical wizardry, inventive arrangements, and a healthy dose of rock-n-roll attitude. It’s this groundbreaking and iconoclastic approach that caused Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to comment; “Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like.”
Over the last couple of years, Ross has taken that wizardry on the road playing all over the eastern US seaboard as well as the British Isles in supporting his all-instrumental release “A Long Way From Shady Grove.” However, on his newest release, “People, Places, Things,” dulcimer virtuosity takes a back seat to his prowess as a storytelling songwriter. Marc Michaels of the Chattanooga Pulse writes,
“Butch is many things: a multi-instrumentalist, a singer, an entertainer, but at the heart of it all Butch is a songwriter. His playing is impeccable, his vocal work is pitch-perfect and crystal clear. But one listen to his work and it becomes clear that he is a fellow who takes great pride in the way he crafts his songs. Words are not chosen indiscriminately.”
Butch’s creative genius and energy are palpable in his performances. Besides brilliance on the dulcimer, his concerts and recording work showcase his mastery of guitar, ukulele, and warm, compelling vocals. His latest collection, “People, Places, Things,” is no exception. The album is a musical treat that is destined to be a timeless treasure.