Welcome to Grace’s first post!  To celebrate this awesome new blog, I’ve chosen to profile an artist that I believe is truely talented – he’s a songwriter, producer and fantastic performer.

Who’s Butch Walker, you ask?  His name may not sound familiar, but he has produced records for some of today’s popular artists.  Some of the musicians he has produced records for include: Avril Lavigne (Under My Skin, 2004), Midtown (Forget What You Know, 2004), Katy Perry (One of the Boys, 2008),  The Academy Is (Santi, 2007),  All Time Low (Nothing Personal, 2009), Dashboard Confessional (Alter The Ending, 2009).

He has 7 full length albums, including a new release titled I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart , 2 EPs and 2 DVDs. I first discovered Butch Walker’s music on his third record, The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites , when I saw the music video for “Bethamphetamine (Pretty, Pretty)”. This music video starred a raven-haired Avril Lavigne who spots her ex-boyfriend with his new beau. It’s funny how a featured artist in a music video can get you to notice new music.  I’m thankful I listened to Avril during the early years, even if it was to sink my teeth into Butch Walker’s stuff.  Watch the video below:

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He also gets bonus points by releasing an EP of cover songs, Cover Me Badd, which includes covers of Kelly Clarkson, Queen and Elvis Costello.  I love a good cover song, so imagine 6 great ones, including an epic 8-minute Queen medley.  If you haven’t heard this EP, download it and appreciate the man’s skills.

Butch was also in a 3-member band, Marvelous 3, which was punk-pop band active from 1997-2001.  I recently rediscovered my favourite song off Ready, Sex, Go – “Cigarette Lighter Love Song”.   Walker gave David Bowie co-writer status on this song because he used an interpolation of the melody of “All the Young Dudes” and didn’t want to risk getting sued for copywrite/plagiarism.

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If you watched this year’s Grammys, you might have seen Butch on stage with Taylor Swift, during her performance of Today Was A Fairytale.  He was playing the banjo and even earned the hashtag #banjoman on twitter! View her performance here:

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Don’t forget to pick up I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, available in stores on February 23, 2010! Follow Butch on Twitter @butchwalker and read his blog