Photo by: Greg Raspet

Sounds

...from the Stage and Studio

Where do I even start? I got my first instrument, a Univox Mosrite bass, at 13. Never figured out how to tune it until 15 and could barely play by 18. I'm a slow learner apparently.

At 21, I signed my life away to a label that allowed me to make my 1st proper recordings in a real studio and earned the bragging rights of having Isaac Hayes on a track to boot! Holy shit did I learn a lot then.. Ended up joining and touring with all my friends and their bands around that time and felt the pull from inside to express more than I knew how through just bass.

I was fortunate to be surrounded by helpful (although maybe reluctantly) friends and fellow musicians that fostered and encouraged my 'hunt and peck' approach to learning new instruments, recording techniques, gear, and ways to express what was calling from inside me. I'm eternally grateful. All of those adventures have led me on a crazy journey that 12-year-old-me would be high fiving current-me over. I've played and recorded with friends, heroes, and found a voice I'm comfortable with.

Photo by: Andrea Wittgens

In no particular order, here's short list of somewhat recognizable musical allies I've found myself shoulder to shoulder with, from the stage and studio, over the years:

James Hall
The Afghan Whigs
Larkin Poe
Marilyn Manson
Skid Row
Mastodon
Ours

For the curious, check out https://www.discogs.com/artist/3474742-Bruce-Butkovich for a more extensive list of shit I've done.

Below are my bands and projects I'm actively involved in (at least the ones I can link on Bandcamp!).. Enjoy!

::Isolation Sessions:: Volume I

James Hall & The Steady WIcked

During the world-wide pause caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, we found a way to stay connected and creative:

Recording and filming live performances from our own homes, between April 19th - September 20th 2020, a song a week, for 23 straight weeks.
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All Horns and Halos!

James Hall & The Steady Wicked

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Tether

James Hall & The Steady Wicked

Tether: A 7 song companion album recorded during the same sessions that conjured Electric Hex.

The darkest night of Electric Hex gives way
to the cleansing light of Tether's new day.
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the Futura Bold (Deluxe Version)

the Futura Bold

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