Archive | April, 2013

HALF WAY THERE @ Kickstarter!!!

25 Apr

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We’re half way through our 4 week ADVANCE COPY Pre-Order event @ Kickstarter for the Shanghai Newgrass Project’s upcoming debut release In The Moment…and we’ve already achieved over 50% of our GOAL!!! That’s Fantastic!!! Please remember, there’s no limit to the number of orders but special-edition extras are only offered for a limited time through Kickstarter.

Get YOUR Advance Copy TODAY!

Here’s another little preview from the album that will hopefully help encourage some of our more traditional bluegrass fans to Pre-Order >>> if they haven’t already and is also a token of appreciation to the folks that already have.

BEAUMONT RAG (Guitar & Mandolin Duet) from In The Moment

Thanks in advance for your support!

Bluegrass Unlimited Review: Charles Butler & Associates SUDDEN SENSE OF NOW

23 Apr

Bluegrass Unlimited - SUDDEN SENSE OF NOW review

>>>Review Link>>>

It’s hard to play banjo and blaze new trails these days. Whether you’ve been raised on Earl Scruggs or Béla Fleck, unless you can corner a market like Pat Cloud did with bebop or Mark Johnson with clawgrass, comparisons will abound when you put out a new recording.

Charles Butler’s seven-tune CD, Sudden Sense Of Now, definitely lands with both feet in the newgrass fusion category. By balancing his five original compositions with a cover of Tony Trischka’s “Purchase Grover,” he has betrayed at least one of his major influences. It might even be possible to find a category for Butler’s music as an acoustic Flecktones sound, heavily reliant on bass and drums for rhythmic emphasis and giving bassist Geoff Henderson and drummer Justin Amaral plenty of solo space. But the banjo, fiddle, and guitar are all acoustic, even if fiddlers Derek Pell and Billy Contreras set off fireworks whenever they appear, especially given the latter’s reckless abandon.

The Nashville-based Butler also chooses to cover Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline Rag,” making this (along with the twisted but driving “Black Rabbit Getaway”) one of the more acoustic tracks on the album, complete with a whistling solo by Bill Davis. Despite the “techno Mayberry” vibe, this is contemporary banjo music, held together by Butler’s groove-oriented tunes and a proficiency on the five-string that allows him to synthesize his disparate influences and navigate a challenging set of music. Fans of adventurous instrumental newgrass will enjoy discovering a new banjo voice. (Charles Butler, 825 Spence Enclave Ln., Nashville, TN 37210,

“In The Moment” ADVANCE COPIES Now Available at KICKSTARTER!

12 Apr

the Shanghai Newgrass Project "In The Moment" album cover

the Shanghai Newgrass Project “In The Moment” album cover

CLICK HERE >>> To learn more about receiving Limited Edition extras when Pre-Ordering your ADVANCE COPY of the Shanghai Newgrass Project‘s debut studio album In The Moment from KICKSTARTER.