Charles Butler

Charles Butler

Charles Butler is one of Nashville's leading progressive banjo players. Drawing on 15 years of performance experience, Butler's playing is informed by both the rich tradition of the instrument as well as the modern stylings of jazz and beyond.

"Charles Butler works wonders on the banjo." (East Bay Press, 'The Best Music of 2008', November 26, 2008)

As a high school student in Burlington, Vermont, Charles Butler studied under Gordon Stone, a hugely respected banjo player from the northeast. Upon graduation, Charles moved to New York City to study with the great Tony Trischka, a world renowned banjo teacher and historian. While studying with Mr. Trischka, Butler attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Composition from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. During his time in music school, Charles also studied under jazz pianist Charles Blenzig and vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker. Following college, Butler began working in the NYC area, performing regularly with breakout indie artist Langhorne Slim, and Irish pub mainstay, The Ruffians, among others.

In 2002, Charles joined the musical community of Nashville, TN. Since then he has performed and recorded with musicians such as Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, Kenny Vaughn, Leslie Satcher, and many more. While living in the middle of a bluegrass music mecca, Butler has broadened his scope to include the Dobro, or slide resophonic guitar, which he also performs on regularly. In 2008, his solo debut EP was released, which has found its way into regular rotation on XM's Bluegrass Junction channel. Currently, Charles can be seen playing with his own instrumental quintet, Charles Butler & Associates, as well as with artists Jimmy Barret, Gypsy Pompe and Langhorne Slim.

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