10/5: Butch Robins Band in Concert
Dogtown Roadhouse presents the Butch Robins Band in concert on Friday, October 5, 2018.
As far as banjo players are concerned, few are as innovative or stylistically diverse as is “Butch” Robins. Butch’s musical diversity is evidenced in the bluegrass world by his inclusion as one of the longest tenured banjoists for Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys and bassist for the New Grass Revival, earning him the distinction of being “the one and only New Grass / Blue Grass Boy”. He has been one of the busiest of Nashville’s freelance banjo players and has performed with big-band leader, Harry James, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Leon Russell.
Hailing from the Celtic-descended, southeastern United States, as a student of music and the banjo in the 1960’s and 70’s, Butch acquainted himself with and befriended many of the first generation bluegrass musicians at early festivals and fiddlers’ conventions. As a teenager he won major banjo contests and participated in banjo workshops at both the 1969 Newport Folk Festival and also Carlton Haney’s 1969 Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival in Reidsville, NC.
The 70s found Butch playing in various bands including Charlie Moore, Jim & Jesse, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and the New Grass Revival. It was during these years that he explored different banjo playing techniques and helped lay the groundwork for the progressive, melodic, 5-string banjo playing of today.
In 1977, Butch became the banjoist for Bill Monroe and his “Blue Grass Boys”. With Monroe, he traveled and performed throughout the United States, including the White House and Lincoln Center in New York City, until 1981. After the Monroe experience he founded the first incarnation of The Blue Grass Band.
Butch has traveled to and performed in Japan, Australia and Europe. As a result of these travels, he assembled some of the world’s finest bluegrass musicians into the World International Bluegrass Band in 2007 as “a musical statement of international cooperation and goodwill’. The band toured Virginia before performing at the IBMA Convention in Nashville, TN and taping a live TV performance for “Song of the Mountains”.
On September 24, 2016, Joseph C “Butch” Robins was inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
Some of Butch’s recordings can be heard on Reverbnation @ http://www.reverbnation.com/butchrobins/songs
Additional recordings can be heard on SoundCloud @ http://www.soundcloud.com/butchrobins
All ages are welcome.