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!

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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Electric Hex

James Hall & The Steady Wicked

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the Futura Bold (Deluxe Version)

the Futura Bold

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Corruptibility Index

Alias Patrick Kelly

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Love On Holiday Vol.7

Holiday Music Motel

Over the course of a week in early February of 2018, thirty songwriters huddled up in the warm confines of The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI to take inspiration from local visual artists in a one-of-a-kind pairing of image and song. The participants played a nightly game of spin-the-bottle to randomly select groups of 3 writers and one visual work to provide the muse for a new collaboratively written song. Artwork was displayed at a week-long pop-up exhibit at Door County Makers Space; songs were performed on Feb 9th and 10th at the historic Third Avenue Playhouse. Herein lies the recordings of those songs created during that frosty magical time from a motel snugly tucked midway up the thumb of Wisconsin’s Door County island peninsula.

Special thanks to: The Holiday Music Motel, Steel Bridge Radio, Third Avenue Playhouse, Making Sausage Music, Teresa Young, Teflon, Door County Screen and Sign, Tony Menzer, Sturgeon Bay Music Exchange, Ty Helbach Photography, Door County Makers Space, Chris Opper and Door County Short Film Fest, Kelly Avenson Photography, Painted Recordings, Mark Theide, Jon Calhoun of Econo Foods and all of the wonderful people who helped to feed the artists, take tickets, hang posters, shared photographs, and on and on and on… the outpouring of support we receive is essential to making it happen. <3 <3 <3


Recorded in February of 2018 at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory in Sturgeon Bay, WI by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith and Bruce Butkovich. Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music. Cover art by Carley Baer. Package design Greg Welch. Air traffic control and artwork curation by melaniejane. Produced by pat mAcdonald.

HolidayMusicMotel.com


Engineers:
+ Steve Hamilton
% Steve Smith
^^ Bruce Butkovich

** Visual Artists

To view artwork online, please visit https://www.holidaymusicmotel.com/loh2018artwork
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Holiday Music Motel

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Love On Holiday Vol.5

Holiday Music Motel

Recorded and mixed at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI during Love On Holiday 2016 by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith, and Barrett Tasky. Produced by pat mAcdonald. Mastering Steve Hamilton. Additional mixing Dan O Stoffels. Digital editing pat mAcdonald. Cover photo Ty Helbach. Air Traffic Control melaniejane. Additional assistance Teresa Young, Teflon, Tony Menzer. Art insert layout Kelly Avenson Goettelman. (Thanks, Kelly!!) Thank you to all the contributing visual artists who took a leap of faith to participate in this melodious collaboration!!! Special thanks to Third Avenue Playhouse for their generous cooperation and never-ending support!

*** contributing visual artists include: Joe Kaftan, Ty Helbach, Jeremy Popelka, Stephanie Trenchard, Eleanor and Elizabeth Knippel, Jeanne Kuhns, Samantha Baun, Dan Collins, Alex Sowinski, Tawnie Perkovich, Dawn Patel.

For more information, please visit www.HolidayMusicMotel.com.
To see the artwork that inspired the songs, please visit www.HolidayMusicMotel.com/LOH2016artwork
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