Rhett Butler–Guitarist Extraordinaire

Rhett Butler is a Dallas/Denton-based guitarist that I had the opportunity to see recently at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas jazz program (1993). Rhett has a new album out with the Rhett Butler Group (Rhett, Martin McCall, and Phil McNeese) entitled “Spend It All.” Rhett also has a website where you can hear a sampling of some of his music, as well as on Itunes, iLike on Facebook, and at ReverbNation. This week they are showcasing the music from this new album at Pearl At Commerce on Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Rhett is known for playing two guitars at once, but not in a silly, cheesy way. I was interested in seeing this and, as you can see, saw it close up and personal on a very sunny but windy day in Deep Ellum. Rhett was one of the artists featured on the Singer/Songwriter Stage and he played some of his older tunes in a solo performance. I especially enjoyed January 3rd, 1999, The Kid from Kilkenny (always dedicated to his brother who suffers from cancer), and The House of the Rising Sun (with a little Für Elise thrown in). Not being that familiar with his older songs, I enjoyed the whole hour he performed. His new album came out just this past week, but I have been listening to it on ReverbNation for a while now. ReverbNation is a great site that showcases local, independent musicians.

How did I hear about Rhett? One of my coworkers and her husband went to see Rhett not too long ago play with Tommy Emmanuel at the Bass Hall in Ft. Worth. I had heard about him but always got him confused with another awesome local musician named Rhett Miller.

Check out Rhett Butler.

  2 comments for “Rhett Butler–Guitarist Extraordinaire

  1. Jack
    April 14, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    I thought You were talking about Rhett Miller. He was recently on NPR( last six months?). I’ll have to check out Miller, as anyone from the UNT jazz school usually rips. Thanks

  2. April 14, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    That’s why I made the distinction . . . D

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