Repost: Butch Walker’s Tribute to His Father

We’ve gotten a ton of referrals today on this old post, so reposting for easier access. I’m guessing I’m not the only struggling from all the reminders this week of what I’ve lost…

Originally Posted on January 6, 2015:

Butch Walker made me cry. His new song was inspired by the death of his father and features a guitar solo by Bob Mould, who also lost his father in recent years. I guess that makes three of us.

Walker’s new album, Afraid of Ghosts, will be released on February 3rd. The album was produced by Ryan Adams, whose influence can be heard in the sparsely arranged, melancholy melodies. I especially connect with the title track.



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Butch Walker’s Tribute to His Father

Butch Walker made me cry. His new song was inspired by the death of his father and features a guitar solo by Bob Mould, who also lost his father in recent years. I guess that makes three of us.

Walker’s new album, Afraid of Ghosts, will be released on February 3rd. The album was produced by Ryan Adams, whose influence can be heard in the sparsely arranged, melancholy melodies. I especially connect with the title track.



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Butch Walker Official Site


Butch Walker: Sycamore Meadows

Butch Walker’s fourth album Sycamore Meadows is inspirationally upbeat considering it was written and recorded after a wildfire destroyed Walker’s home, possessions, and the masters of every recording he’d ever made. For this art born of tragedy, Walker abandoned the swaggering glam rock style of his previous album in favor of intimate acoustics and infectious pop-rock. The album features guest vocals by Pink.


I just wanna walk away from the ashes
& take the fact that I’ve been burned
& maybe let you know I’m still standing
& if you miss it again, miss it again
I’m around…

The opener “The Weight Of Her” (which I first posted in October) is a catchy guitar driven pop-rock song reminiscent of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. “Going Back/Going Home” strips down to the singer-songwriter sound of Letters, but the romantic optimism of youth has evolved into the seasoned, often jaded wisdom of experience. Walker recounts the decadence and downfalls of a rockstar lifestyle, which produced within him a new found appreciation for the simplicity of his hometown.

“Here Comes The…” is a pretty, soaring pop number, but seems a waste of guest Pink’s powerful voice. The big retro pop brass and handclaps of “Ponce de Leon Ave.” are far more interesting. “Ships in a Bottle” may appear to be a post-breakup wallower on the surface, but the lyrics were really inspired by the loss of Butch’s home and belongings. The stand out track is “The 3 Kids in Brooklyn”, which churns guitars flavored with a delicious dash of Southern Rock twang and culminates in a cacophonous choir of vocals.

Butch Walker – The Weight of Her (mp3 removed) *

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Butch Walker: The Weight of Her Mp3

Butch Walker‘s Sycamore Meadows will be released on November 11th. You can download the first single “The Weight of Her” for free and pre-order the album at the Amazon link below. Like Walker’s previous releases, the new song has a catchy pop-rock sound.

Butch Walker – The Weight Of Her (free Amazon mp3) – link removed

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Butch Walker: The Rise And Fall Of

The new album from Butch Walker And The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites is quite a departure from the acoustic, singer-songwriter sound of his previous work. Butch still writes all of his songs, but The Rise And Fall Of is a swaggering Glam Rock extravaganza.

“Hot Girls In Good Moods” starts the album off with a bang, featuring handclaps, grinding guitar, Butch’s throaty lead voice, and echoing backup vocals that call to mind T-Rex.

“Ladies And Gentleman…’The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites!'” combines a Brit-pop sound with a lavish Bowiesque chorus. “Bethamphetamine (Pretty Pretty)” is a very catchy pop-rock tune that would be radio friendly if given the chance.

“Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed” brings back the retro rock sound with a pop-rock chorus. I think this is what the Rockstar Supernova (Butch produced their album) guys want to sound like.

“We’re All Going Down” is slower and softer, with the music slightly muffled beneath Butch’s languid vocals. “Dominoes” and “This Is The Sweetest Little Song” are even softer piano and guitar melodies that sound more like the Butch Walker of Letters.

“Paid To Get Excited” kicks it back up with a harder beat beneath political and social commentary. “The Taste Of Red” has a lighter pop sound blended with its rock. And “Rich People Die Unhappy” has an alterna-country feel to it courtesy of pedal steel.

“When Canyons Ruled The City” finds a balance between the big rock sound and the softer, acoustic side, adding a choir of voices for the finale of the album.

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