Claude 'Butch' Morgan
"I started playing music in grade school 1962. Trumpet was the instrument I tortured my parents with for a while, but you don’t get many girls with a trumpet. My dad had an old guitar and one day I decided to play it and found out I could. I have been doing it ever since. I started writing my own songs at the same time and have been dong that ever since as well, so I have several thousand songs. Out of those I have a few hundred that are really good. Some have been recorded by others. The Georgia Satellites recorded “Gone-Gone-Gone”, The Dusters recorded “This Ain’t No Jukebox”. I had a little success that way, but all the time I was playing and singing my own songs with my bands: In the 70’s with The Buckboard Boogie Boys. Then the 8o’s with The Blast. The 90’s I took off just to get my life back together-it worked thank goodness or I would not be here right now. 2000’ I had a band called The Hix and then 2003’ I started a solo career. It’s been gong nicely. I have Won several major songwriting contest, The Wildflower Songwriting contest, I was a finalist in the Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Contest in 05 & 08’, Regional Finalist for the Mountainstage Songwriting Contest, Finalist for the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest and blah, blah ,blah. Along the way I toured with, performed with or opened for some amazing artists. I have been fortunate to have been on stage at one time or the other with Willie Nelson, Doug Kershaw, hank Williams Jr., U2 (yes that U2), Dave Edmonds, Butch Hancock, Johnny Bush, Monte Montgomery, Sir Douglas Quintet, Augie Meyers, Gatemouth Brown, Eric Taylor, Terri Hendrix, and really the list goes on and on, Mott the Hoople, Deep Purple…You get the picture I been playing a long time and have managed to put myself in a few choice spots. My solo shows are built around the audience and my ability to connect with them. For the most part I am very good at that. I love performing and entertaining people, I work hard at the craft of songwriting, but in order to really complete the picture I have of myself I NEED a live audience. I never really had a desire to be “famous”, I just always wanted to be GREAT. I still am trying to get better at this. I do have a lot of room for improvement and that keeps me going from one gig to the next. My new CD “TALK ABOUT” was produced by Jonathan Byrd and features eleven new and older songs, that somehow over the years I never got around to recording. I am very excited about the product and looking forward to the next one, already in the works. Lots of exciting things are ahead for me, I am still writing, and I believe my new songs are better than ever. Really I just want to write ONE MORE GREAT SONG cause I think the world could use another one."
Review of DRY BONES by Lucky Boyd:
Never let it be said the Claude "Butch" Morgan isn't passionate about life. His songs are often spiritual in nature, but they're full of fun and carry simple but powerful messages. Butch Morgan has an ability to take life's simplicity and put a striking message inside in the form of a song. A great example is Morgan's "God Drives A Pick-up Truck" on this early version of "DRY BONES." This six-cut pre-release EP has a good cross-section of Morgan's songs all recorded with a live studio audience at Salmon Peak Studio. Morgan's "Blubberball" is an attest to all that can go wrong when you don't take care of yourself, and is a song performed entirely with one chord. As Butch says, "It starts off in G, then goes to G for the solos, then we wrap it up in G." This song alone is worth the price of the disc.
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