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Stan Butler

Stan Butler is a Southern Soul artist from Jeffersonville, GA. Noteworthy songs include Tootie Boot", "I Took My Grandma To The Club" and "Preacher Was A Homewrecker".

Album Discography

"Back To Basics" (Stan Butler Productions 2016)  

1. Respect Intro
2. Respect Your Woman
3. Got Me a Woman (feat. Ron G)
4. Took My Grandma to the Club
5. Caught Up
6. Tootie Boot
7. 3rd of the Month
8. Woman Must Be Cheating

"The Blues In Me" (Stan Butler Productions 2017)  

1. Third of the Month
2. Who Said the Grass Is Not Greener on the Otherside
3. Juke Joint Shack
4. Whine It Up
5. Preacher Was a Home Wrecker
6. I Left My Woman
7. Take Me to the Bootlegger
8. I Let a Woman Take My Woman
9. Trust Me Baby
10. Took My Grandma to the Club (Remix)
11. Got Me a Country Girl (Bonus Track)

*** Nowadays there is a staggering amount of new music being produced in the Southern Soul Blues genre. New artists crop up seemingly weekly. The DIY (do-it-yourself) spirit is thriving and for most a bona fide record label and distributor is no longer necessary. Anybody can buy a keyboard, pro-tools, program a track, lay down vocals and blast an MP3 to a network of radio and club djs, while putting the music up for sale digitally and hoping for a hit. A hit can mean gigs and gigs are the only true way to make decent money in this business. Streaming and piracy has left the business of selling music in a coma. An encouraging trend has been the increasing appearance of little Quincy Joneses, record producers with their own independent labels. Your Beat Flippas, TK Souls, Jerry Floods, Bigg Robbs, etc. have dominated the game for years now. I consider this a very positive thing as there is an inexhaustible supply of talented people who wouldn't stand a chance without the current system. The days of trying to sign with an established label are long gone. In Southern Soul that is. Of all genres this one is the easiest to break into. The competition is fierce though and while this current situation results in excess mediocrity there's always something special that breaks out.

Stan Butler is one of the special results of this new paradigm. Like Jody Sticker or Luther Lackey, Butler is not necessarily a knock-u-flat Soul singer ala Wendell B or Willie Clayton but he became an expert at using his voice and lyrical wit for the greatest effect. Prime example is the absolutely brilliant shuffle bumper "I Took My Grandma To The Club", one of the most clever and humorous tracks to come along since Sir Jonathan Burton's "Too Much Booty Shakin'". A refreshing respite from all the "side piece" clones. As the title suggests the song tells a (tall?) tale of Mr. Butler acquiescing to bringing his grandma to the club. She asks and he agrees as long as: "You promise me when we get to the club you'll sit down in your seat". Now you see Butler tipped his hand here. Was it necessary to remind her to stay in her seat or did he suspect she just may cut some rug? Perhaps not the first time? As anticipated when they get to the club grandma is enjoying herself so much she decides to teach these young whippersnappers how to do the damn thang, in this case the "Tootie Boot", a reference to one of Butler's first songs to appear on the radar (found of his first full-length "Back To Basics"). "I'm eighty years old as y'all can see/I bet not one of y'all can out dance me". Though funny it really isn't insulting or unbelievable like certain television commercials that, say, show old people suddenly acting like young idiots after drinking Mountain Dew or sneaking away from their retirement home to party hardy before stopping at Taco Bell for late night fuel. Those are obnoxious and exploitive but Butler's "Grandma" isn't for what he reports does actually happen! I've witnessed it myself. My grandmother being challenged in the skin color department did this and certainly did not, er, "out dance" anyone! Alas, I won't be writing a song about this unfortunate experience.

Butler's vocals on the verses are basically rapped and remind me of Young MC of "Bust A Move" fame. He sings the bridge and refrain: "I took my grandma to the club and told her to take her seat/But uh she got up and out danced me". This is a feel good song that is extremely catchy and, well, fun. Elsewhere on "The Blues In Me" Butler gets serious on the (Luther Lackey-inspired?) "Preacher Was A Homewrecker". On this story-telling slow jam Butler informs us that a friend from work invited him and his wife to his church and the wife soon falls prey to the seduction of the not so man of God. "All the time I was changing my life/And the preacher was having my wife". Butler didn't re-invent the wheel here. Luther Lackey has a whole series of songs describing similar exploits. Nevertheless Butler's delivery sounds earnest. Another bumper "Third Of The Month" has our working class hero promising his woman he will "Pay your rent and your car note too" but not until the "third of the month". Who can't relate to that? The percolating dancer "Take Me To The Bootlegger" is not about music bootlegs but old school hooch. Butler cheats on "Who Said The Grass Is Not Greener On The Other Side" and is cheated on in "I Lost My Woman To A Woman". Meanwhile "Juke Joint Shack" checks the box for the requisite "Hole In The Wall" jam.

While "The Blues In Me" is a bit uneven overall and is occasionally generic production-wise (endemic of the genre) it is more than enough to announce that Butler has a bright future in this ever (hopefully) expanding market.

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