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- Dateline Worcester MA ! JON BUTCHER AXIS fans were treated to a guitar slinger tour-de-force with the JBA concert @ Hanover Theater Worcester MA on April 26. The band did its best to give the 1400 fans in attendance everything they came for— the old, the new and the unexpected. And with an impressive concert lighting system brought in for the event cell phone cameras everywhere got what they came for too. Joining JON BUTCHER AXIS on the bill were The FOOLS and AUGUST w/ Worcester MA hometown fav Jimmy D’Angelo.

 

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-The Return of JON BUTCHER AXIS - the iconic Boston hard rock power trio JON BUTCHER AXIS returns with a new Cd, the first since its mysterious and abrupt dissolution in 1983. Recording the new Cd with original bassist CHRIS MARTIN wrapped at QDIVISION STUDIOS in Somerville MA, titled, AXIS 3.

"It's the first AXIS music recorded since we parted ways, Derek Blevins [drums], Chris Martin [bass] and I", Jon says. "The sessions have been amazing, surprising really in the context of so much time having passed. We're re-recording some of the bands most-loved material like it should have been recorded the first time. The fist two Polydor records were produced by the late Pat Moran [Robert Plant]. We never felt those recordings did justice to the band’s power and intensity live, ironically the very things that got us signed to Polydor in the first place! AXIS 3 will set that right."

Songs on the AXIS 3 Cd cover the gamut, with new versions of familiar hits WISHES, OCEAN IN MOTION, HOLY WAR and LIFE TAKES A LIFE, as well as the Hendrix-ian instrumental tour-de-force, The SENTINEL.

Jon continues, "We're also recorded a song I did with Ben Schultz [BAREFOOT SERVANTS], DOG DAYS and a cover of Jimi Hendrix', AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE. We approached this one with utter reverence for the original, both in terms of execution and in the sounds. I think guitar players will love it."

The trio is rounded out by JOHN MUZY on drums and a concert tour of select dates around the country will begin Summer 2013.

-Bang-A-Song Studio, Gloucester MA- Jon recording guitars for several songs for their upcoming AXIS 3 Cd @ Bang-a-Song Studio, owned by Tony Goddess.


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The Noise cover featuing Jon Butcher

-See Jon Butcher in the February issue of The Noise: http://thenoise-boston.com/2013/01/2279/


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-Jon Butcher SOLO/ Two Roads East Tour- a JON BUTCHER solo tour kicks off @ CHAN's Concert Club in Woonsocket RI on FEB 2. The tour, 'TWO ROADS EAST' is the first such tour Jon has done since the 2005's BAREFOOT SERVANTS acoustic tour w/ guitarist BEN SCHULTZ. The concerts will feature a mix of Jon Butcher material from both JBA albums, Jon's solo work on Capitol Records and Blue Bureau as well as BAREFOOT SERVANTS. Additionally the Two Roads East shows will feature music from Jon's film and series tv work as well as special guests throughout the length of the tour. The CHAN's show will guest feature FLY AMERO [ORLEANS] and MARTY RICHARDS [J GEILS BAND].


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-12/23 Rock 'N Soul Concert Regent Theater- a rocking Christmas concert at the Regent Theater Arlington MA w/ GARY HOEY, CHARLIE FARREN, SHEA ROSE, WOLF GINANDES, JOHN POWHIDA, HIRSH GARDNER, GREG HAWKES, PROFESSOR DOUG BELL, CASEY DESMOND, BRIAN TEMPLETON, BARRENCE WHITFIELD, DANNY KLEIN and CHRIS FITZ.


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-12/18 Christmas BUZZ BALL- Jon appeared at 10th Annual theatrical production of The CHRISTMAS BUZZ BALL presented @ The Palace Theater Manchester NH. The 2012 show featured Jon, actor/ comedian LENNY CLARK, guitarist GARY HOEY, CHARLIE FARREN and a host of high octane talent in conjunction with GREG KRETSCHMAR and WHEB 100.3 FM .

 

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-12/12 Jon Butcher/ Fly Amero, Live @ The Rhumb Line- Jon sat in w/ Orleans guitarist/ singer/ songwriter FLY AMERO @ the world-famouss Rhumb Line in Gloucester MA to a sold-out crowd of local artists, musicians and Gloucester 'High Society' including ALLEN ESTES and FLY's brother, JB AMERO.

 

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-12/7 Robert Cray/ Jon Butcher BLUE OCEAN Music Hall concert- sold out-  Jon appeared w/ blues legend and long time friend ROBERT CRAY at THE BLUE OCEAN MUSIC HALL to a sold out house. Jon opened the show SOLO with acoustic versions of HOLY WAR and the Barefoot Servants track, BOUND FOR GLORY as well as the FARREN BUTCHER Inc version of RAILROAD LINE.

 

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-12/3 The American Revolution/ WBCN- On Dec. 3, legendary folk and rock music artists gathered at Boston's House of Blues to perform in support of "The American Revolution," the new documentary film that tells the story of "how a radio station, politics and rock and roll changed everything.", the story of WBCN Boston. The one-night event featured concert performances by:  BILLY SQUIER, AL KOOPER, JON BUTCHER, TOM RUSH, former members of the band BOSTON, LIVINGSTON and KATE TAYLOR, JONATHAN EDWARDS, JOHN POUSETTE-DART, ROBIN LANE, JOHNNY A, CHARLIE FARREN, THE UPTOWN HORNS, DAVID HULL, WILLIE 'LOCO' ALEXANDER, JAMES MONTGOMERY and a special MC appearance by CHARLES 'THE MASTER BLASTER' DANIELS. In addition to the movie there is a planned concert film vid and book of the evening featuring the photography of Barry Schneier, Matthew Muise, Michael Sparks Keegan, Peter Simon, Renata Greene, Rocco Coviello, Ron Pownall, and Walter Mulligan.

 

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-12/1 Guitar Talk Radio @ Berklee - Jon and CHARLIE FARREN co-hosted the VICTOR WOOTEN/ STEPHEN PERKINS concert/ clinic event at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 12/1. The all-day event also featured; GIL SHARONE, ERIC HARLAND, JOSH DOYLE and Berklee alumni and guitarist for the Boston Pops, JON FIN.  Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren, in their respective roles as hosts of the syndicated radio show GUITAR TALK RADIO entertained those in attendance with music, music history and performance technique throughout. The event was produced by HIRSH GARDNER and BRIAN BERMAN on behalf of GUITAR CENTER.

 

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*FARREN BUTCHER Inc, the MOVIE- the VERTEX FILMS documentary release of FARREN BUTCHER Inc- The Movie is set for theater release MARCH 30 2013 in Boston MA. The DVD release the film will also debut along the same timeline. The film chronicles the individual and collective careers of Jon and of CHARLIE FARREN through archival film & tv footage, live interviews and concert video.

 

-check out the 6/29 iTunes release of THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER- A Tribute to Fenway Park, Jons solo guitar performance of the National Anthem recorded @ TD3 Productions w/ Doug Sutler. Jon performed the NATIONAL ANTHEM at Fenway Park in Boston MA to the 49,605 member Red Sox Nation in attendance, see the outstanding live vid at YouTube!

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- MLB Fan Cave! As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Fenway Park Major League Baseball hosted a special viewing party for the historic New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game to a select group of lucky ticket winners who were also treated to a special performance of the National Anthem by Jon on the special Fenway Fender Stratocaster. Pictured below; Michael Allen/ ABKCO Records, Danielle Boone/ MLB, Jon Butcher, Tracey Jordan/ ABKCO Records.

Jon Butcher with MLB Fans

 

- check out the ABKCO Records Cd release of 100 Years- FENWAY PARK GREATEST HITS featuring Jon doing the AEROSMITH hit DREAM ON. In celebration of Fenway Park's centennial the Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation have joined with ABKCO Records to create the commemorative album, 100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park. This historic album is comprised of contemporary recordings of songs that are fan favorites traditionally heard at Fenway Park and associated with iconic Boston bands.

Fenway Album Cover

 

- Jon made an appearance at the HARD ROCK CAFE Boston MA to attend the 100 Years- FENWAY PARK GREATEST HITS Cd release party with Red Sox players Jarrod Talamacchia, Mark Salling, Daniel Bard, Darnell McDonald and Charlie Farren.

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-Got live! Farren Butcher INC appear in support of the JIMMY DiANGELO Celebration Concert event at the Hanover Theatre Worcester MA. Also, Charlie Farren and Jon will support DAVE MASON at The Blue Ocean Music Hall Salisbury MA Thurs July 12 @ 8pm. Finally see the Dynamic Duo Friday July 20 @ Boarding House Park Lowell MA in support of DENNIS DeYOUNG, show time 7:30pm

band of Jimmy D'Angelo

 

- FBI ROCKS! Thanks to Tupelo Hall and Jeff Lawrence @ 96.5 The MILL for a SOLD OUT FARRENHEIT/ FBI/ JON BUTCHER SHOW on 6/16! concert The concert bill also featured Jon Butcher Axis alumni Chris Martin! Thanks for a terrific night of Farrenheit, Jon Butcher Axis and David Hull which left no one in attendance wanting!

Farren Butcher at Tupelo

- More COMMUNITY AUDITIONS! The 2012 Season of the Emmy Award winning tv broadcast COMMUNITY AUDITIONS continues production this summer, watch for Jon and Charlie as they reprise their roles on CA as Judges with a heart!

Community Auditions


- 5/ 29 Jon will perform THE NATIONAL ANTHEM at Fenway Park in B

oston MA on May 29 @ 7:00pm prior to the Red Sox/ Detroit Tigers baseball game. Broadcast on NESN and MLBN cable tv networks.

Red Sox Guitar Fenway

- 3/18 shooting continues on the new season of the EMMY AWARD winning broadcast COMMUNITY AUDITIONS featuring Jon Butcher again as a celebrity judge

- 3/9 Jon will be heard performing Aerosmith's hit DREAM ON for the Cd release by the RED SOX ORGANIZATION in celebration of the 100th Year Anniversary of FENWAY PARK. The Cd, featuring among other celebrity performers the DROPKICK MURPHYS is scheduled for release May 15 2012.

- see Jon Butcher in VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE in the NOV 2011, MAR 2012 and MAY 2012 editions!

- 3/ 17 Jon and Charlie Farren hosted a SOLD OUT performance at the House of Blues in Boston MA on Saturday night which featured guest appearances by guitarist JOHNNY A and harp player OTTO LENZ.

- 3/18 shooting continues on the new season of COMMUNITY AUDITIONS featuring Jon and CHARLIE FARREN once again as celebrity judges, the new season to begin in
April 2012

- 3/9 Jon will be heard performing Aerosmith's hit DREAM ON for the Cd release by the RED SOX ORGANIZATION in celebration of the 100th Year Anniversary of FENWAY PARK. The Cd, featuring among other celebrity performers the DROPKICK MURPHYS is scheduled for release in May 2012.

- 3/3 SOLD OUT performance at the SOUTH SHORE FOLD CLUB in Plymouth MA featuring a predominately acoustic set by Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren which showcased material from both songwriters 20+ year catalogue

- see Jon Butcher in VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE in the NOV 2011, MAR 2012 and MAY 2012 editions!

- Check out the MARCH issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine featuring Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Jon Butcher and Barefoot Servants bandmate Leland Sklar. Also included;
a 'vintage' Jon Butcher Axis photo! On newsstands now

- 2/5 | See Showtimes hit series, Shameless, this month and next featuring Jon Butcher music throughout the episodes ! February and March, Jon Butcher and Showtime!

- 1/28 | Jon and Charlie joined WAAF's Carmelita at the debut of WAAF Bistro, a live concert series by Carmelita/ WAAF which was held at the Sommerville Armory Hall in Sommerville MA on Thursday Feb 2. The sold out show was a hit with all of the lucky ticket holders.

- 12/14 | Jon and Charlie performed together and individually at the Holday Buzz concert at The Palace Theater in Manchester, NH. Broadcast live on FM stations across NH,
the annual event featured leading musical and comedy performers, as well as members of the cast of A Christmas Carol, which is playing at The Palace through December

- 12/09 | FARREN BUTCHER, INC. joined Robert Cray on a bill at The Music Hall in Keene, NH. FBI brought the house down with selections from their recent CD, 'FBI'
and from songs drawn from their storied careers

- 12/09 | Jon and Charlie Farren joined Greg and the Morning Buzz team, broadcast across southern NH, to sing, play, joke, and talk about the upcoming Holiday Buzz concert
at The Palace Theater in Manchester, NH. The annual concert event will be broadcast live!

- 12/03 | FARREN BUTCHER, INC. joined Gary Hoey and Lita Ford at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium for a packed house and rollicking show. Their performance of
MULE DRIVER, a song from their new CD, 'FBI', was twice interrupted by vigorous applause, and raised the roof for the show finale, joining Gary and Lita for Led Zeppelin's
ROCK AND ROLL!

- 11/27 | Jon and Charlie Farren were at The Berklee Performance Center in Boston for a taping of the Emmy Awards-winning Community Auditions. Charlie explains "It's a long
day, but it's a fun time hanging with folks like A&E critic Joyce Kulhawick, Magic 106.7 personality Candy O'Terry, Boston Pops pianist Brad Hatfield, and
the guys in the terrific CA house band. Watch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday listings for the show on WBZ and WSBK in Boston MA, WPXT in Portland, ME, ENAC in Providence RI, and WWLP in Springfield, MA.

- 11/26 | Jon sat in with bluesmaster James Montgomery & Friends at The Amazing Things Center for the Arts in Framingham. FBI's mini set brought the house down, and they later sat in with the band for a rocking rendition of I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU

-12/ 3 Holy Christmas Cheer, Gary Hoey's Ho Ho Ho 'Home For The Holidays Christmas concert featuring Gary Hoey, Farren Butcher Incorporated and Lita Ford at Lowell Auditorium in Lowell MA, tickets on sale everywhere !

- check out the NOVEMBER issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine featuring the Doobie Bros, Johnny Winter, Jon Butcher and George Thorogood with news about Jon Butcher gear and guitars, Farren Butcher Incorporated plans for world domination and more ! On newsstands now !

- 11/19 See FBI at TCAN, The Center for The Arts in Natick 14 Summer St Natick MA, NOV 19 8:00pm, the performance featuring Joe Holaday[bass], John Muzzy[drums] and the dynamic duo ensemble !

- watch for new music in the soon to be released feature film, 'Bending The Rules' produced by WWE Studios in Hollywood CA, the film currently in post production

- work continues on the new FBI/ Farren Butcher Inc film documentary tentatively titled Guitar Talk Radio with producer G.Calvin Berry for Vertex Entertainment. The focus of the 70min doc will be all things Farren Butcher Inc- tour and recording history, upcoming and ongoing projects including the nationally syndicated broadcast Guitar Talk Radio which will feature Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren as co-hosts. "Our show is a fast-paced and personality driven, fun take on the music gear business and will feature big name guitarists like Keith Richards, Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, actors like Richard Gere and Johnny Depp and other celebrities as guests who are touring, releasing new books etc." says Jon Butcher " this is going to be BIG TIME."

- 9/17 The Freedom Rally on the Boston Common featured Farren Butcher Incorporated with John Muzzy, Jon Butcher, Joe Holaday and the irascible Charlie Farren. The concert for the 4,000 attendees left no one unsatisfied as the band rocked their hits old and new, including those from the new Cd- yowsa !

- 9/16 The Portland ME State Theater show with Jonny Lang/ FBI was cancelled due to illness and will be re-dated, stand by for more….

- 10/1 FBI @ Franktoberfest ! Charlie Farren and Jon Butcher rocked Holman Stadium in rare form for the 2011 Franktoberfest Celebration in conjunction with 106.3 FRANK FM. US Guitar Kits, Inc and Scott Dixon awarded one of their fine kit based acoustic guitars to a lucky winner and the crowd in attendance were treated to a rare duo performance by FBI 'live' !

- See FBI on Community Auditions in NOVEMBER, New England's longest running television broadcast shot live at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA. Check television listings in your town !

- And... hear the new Farren Butcher Incorporated 'FBI' Cd Sundays on Boston's Brunch By The River hosted by Lisa Garvey on independent music station 92.5 The River

- 4/9 FBI @ Boston Legends Tour Pt. 2 Whamma Jamma ! The second leg of the BOSTON LEGENDS TOUR was a tour de force on wheels as Jon Butcher, Charlie Farren and posse packed venues up and down the East Coast with long time mates; Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter[ Steeley Dan], Elliot Easton & Greg Hawkes[ CARS], Barry Goodreau[BOSTON], Magic Dick & Danny Klein[ J.Geils], Johnny A, David Hull, Marty Richards, James Montgomery, The Uptown Horns[ STONES], Gary Hoey and Professor Doug Bell. The shows were incredible and provided more than a few memorable big concert moments with Jon and 'Skunk' Baxter, Charlie and Johnny A and a show stopping version of Takin' It To The Streets.

- and speaking of busy schedules here's a quick thumbnail of FBI 2011…4/28 @ The Regent Theater….6/3 FBI @ the Palace Theater in Manchester NH w/ Phil Vassar…7/30 @ Tupelo Music Hall w/ The Smithereens...6/11 @ the Lowell Riverfest Concert on behalf of 92.5 The River… 6/18 @ WAAF spnosored 'Bike Week' live concert event at Mt. Washington...8/5 @ the Onset Blues Festival...8/6 @ Tupelo Hall w/ Vanilla Fudge...8/26 @ The Blue Ocean Music HalI 'sold out' w/ FARRENHEIT and David Hull

- 6/14 FBI @ INFOCOM Orlando FLA. Charlie and Jon appeared on behalf of the Bose Corporation at the INFOCOM Conference for two nights in a special and private performance.

- 5/1 Farren Butcher INC and KOMPOZ in Collaboration Contest ! Roger McGuinn did it. Rudy Sarzo did it. Now Charlie Farren, and Jon Butcher have sent KOMPOZ original studio guitar tracks from East Coast West Coast featured on the FBI Cd. Hundreds of entrants in turn sent their own recorded 'spin' on the song and the results were fun, hysterical and profitable for the lucky contest winner ! Charlie says, " This was a great time all around with some incredibly clever and original music choices and some amazing prizes from PreSonus, CakeWalk, and of course Kompoz. Thank you Steve Gardner, East Coast West Coast- yea !"

- I want to thank all of the hardware agents, gear merchants, guitar makers and high tech support received from a very dedicated bunch of individuals who insure that the wheels stay on the road- Craig Costigan/ Blackstar Amplification…Barry/MojoPedals…Dean Campbell/Campbell American Guitars...Dan Strain/DANOCASTER…Ellen Surrey/ JamHub...Revelator Guitars...CrossTown Custom Guitars...Matt,Craig, Justin, Nesto /Guitar Center...Hirsh Gardner/ DADDY'S JUNKY MUSIC...Danny Hines...Danny Murphy/ D&M Guitars...Michael Dorenzio...Wolf Ginandes/ Musical Instrument Service Center…Mr Music in Allson MA

 

 
3/31 FBI, Jon Butcher and WEXP 101.5 The FOX!
WEXP-FM 101.5 The FOX joins the growing list of radio adds for FBI, EAST COAST WEST COAST and I BELIEVE IN YOU are now officially added to their regular rotation playlist! 


3/30 FBI Documentary begins! Principle photography began March 28 at the Palace Theater in Manchester NH for the highly anticipated FBI film doc, working titled 'Dirty Water- The Story of FBI", the film doc will explore music, changing times and living in the 21st century through the eyes of two of Boston's arguably more recognizable faces, CHARLIE FARREN and JON BUTCHER. Filmed by Calvin Berry and VERTEX ENTERTAINMENT the film doc will release Summer of 2011. 


329 FBI and BLACKSTAR! CHARLIE FARREN and JON BUTCHER have signed a deal with BLACKSTAR AMPLIFICATION to road test their boutique amp line, The ARTISAN Series. Acing out his FBI partner-in-crime by a nose CHARLIE FARREN was the first to receive the new and highly sought after BLACKSTAR A-15 1-12" Combo. " I love this amp and I'll be using it on the Boston Legends Tour. The layout is direct and simple, the clean tones are sweet and musical, and the distorted tones and low end are tight and punchy. I love this amp.", Charlie says. "And Jon Butcher can't have it! " Check out the new ARTISAN Series amps by BLACKSTAR.


3/26 FMan Guitar hits the street! The American produced FMAN SIGNATURE GUITAR produced by CAMPBELL AMERICAN hit the streets on 3/26, with ser.# 001 bought by none other than ERNIE BOCH!  The FMAN SIGNATURE GUITAR and CAMPBELL AMERICAN collaboration represents a high quality, top end custom instrument at a musician friendly price point. Says Charlie Farren, " I started conceptualizing the FMAN after leaving the JOE PERRY PROJECT to satisfy my own needs as a guitar player. Later I built a prototype in my workshop and it turned out pretty good, so good in fact that I used it in my concert DVD. Not long after I was approached by DEAN CAMPBELL to partner on production of the FMAN to the world- what could I say but 'yes'! ". Available as a customer order the FMAN guitar is cooler than cooler and a thorough wring out and on-line review written by JON BUTCHER will be available soon.


3/25 Boston Legends Tour, additional dates scheduled! The high profile and successful Boston Legends Tour has been expanded to include JEFF 'SKUNK' BAXTER, ELLIOT EASTON, GREG HAWKES, JEFF LEVINE, MARTY RICHARDS, THE STOMPERS and ERNIE and the AUTOMATICS for additional dates in April, don't miss this! Reliable sources indicate more shows being added for July in the Southeastern and mid-West US.
April 13 Merrill Auditorium Portland ME.
April 14 Lupos Providence RI
April 15 Mid Hudson Civic  Poughkeepsie NY
April 16  The Palace Theater Waterbury CT
April 17 Memorial Auditorium Burlington VT


3/19 BUFFALO PITTSFIELD rocks WUPE! The self-dubbed 'BUFFALO PITTSFIELD'[ JOHNNY A, JON BUTCHER, DAVID HULL and CHARLIE FARREN] made a surprise appearance on behalf of radio station WUPE in Pittsfield MA Saturday with song interpretations, laughs and good humor in front of hundreds of onlookers, music fans and riders in attendance at Pittsfield Harley. This impromptu appearance by the SPRINGFIELD was prior to the Boston Legends Tour sold out performance later that night at The Colonial Theater. Pictures of the event pervade the internet....


3/ 22 FBI-TV! Watch for more music by FBI at network and cable television beginning this month with two hit series, SHAMELESS [SHOWTIME] starring WILLIAM H. MACY and HARRY'S LAW [NBC] starring KATHY BATES. 


3/18 Boston Legends rock The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH! Command performances by DESIREE BASSETT, BARRY GOODREAU, JON BUTCHER, CHARLIE FARREN and JOHNNY A elicited standing ovations during many points of the second Boston Legends Tour concert at the MUSIC HALL in Portsmouth NH. With a mix of hits from each of the all star artists careers the show has been breaking records in both ticket sales and merchandise. April dates will be announced.


3/17 Boston Legends pack Showcase LIVE! For JON BUTCHER, CHARLIE FARREN, J. GEILS, JOHHNNY A and the rest of the all star line up the Showcase LIVE debut night of the Boston Legends Tour left no doubt as to why Boston's' reputation for spawning music legends remains intact. Joined by BARRY GOODREAU, DAVID HULL, MAGIC DICK, THE UPTOWN HORNS, DOUG BELL and up-and-coming- legend DESIREE BASSETT the evening took powerful turns through blues, rock and swing to a packed house.

3/13 FBI and Amazing Things! The SOLD OUT show at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER on 3/12 marked the debut and release of the new CD by FARREN BUTCHER INC, FBI! The show was a blend of new songs, familiar hits and the dynamic duo did not disappoint. Joined by music veterans CLIFF GOODWIN[ JOE COCKER], MARTY RICHARDS[ J.GEILS BAND], MITCH CHACOUR[ JOE COCKER] AND WOLF GINANDES FBI performed a 90+min set that had everyone on their feet throughout the night. Coinciding sales of the FBI CD at retail outlets have exceeded all expectations with multiple re-orders in all markets. Well done.

Read the FBI CD review by Dan Phelps of the Lowell Sunby Dan Phelps of the Lowell Sun – Sunday 03/06/2011
http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_17551146

Read the FBI Story "Warrant to Rock"by Dan Phelps of the Lowell Sun – Sunday 03/06/2011
http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_17551212 FARREN BUTCHER, INC aka Jon and partner Charlie Farrren begin work on their FBI film documentary on 3/25 with producer Calvin Berry. Performance portions of the project are scheduled to be shot at The Palace Theater in Manchester NH.

 

Watch for FBI at The Amazing Things Arts Center ! Join FBI/ FARREN-BUTCHER Inc for their debut live performance and Cd release event on March 12 2011, at The Amazing Things Arts Center 160 Hollis Street Framingham MA, show to begin at 8:00pm. The event will feature surprise special guests and a seasoned tour band of Internationally renowned musicians whose credits include The J. Geils Band, Joe Perry, Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt.

 

Watch for the Boston Legends featuring Special Guest Jon Butcher concert tour beginning in March and continuing through April 2011. The tour, which takes place in select cities from ME to NY will feature Charlie and Jon with J. Geils, Magic Dick, Danny Klein [ the J. Geils Band ] Eliot Easton [the Cars], David Hull, Barry Goodreau and the Uptown Horns. Tour cities to be announced.

The release of the new FARREN BUTCHER,INC. CD by Jon and Charlie Farren titled FBI. The CD was recorded at Farrens' FMansion Studios in Chelmsford MA about 35 min from downtown Boston. It presents 11 songs, two of which were hits from each of their early rock days- EAST COAST WEST COAST, written by Charlie for the Joe Perry Project and NEW MAN by the Jon Butcher Axis. Both songs are quintessential power trio rock, and they've each received a vigorous and high-octane makeover. 

But the CD really shines in its 9 new songs. I Believe In You, Deja Blue, Rolling and Soul Mate all speak of loss and rebirth, a recurrent theme within the CD. Also included is the blues based Mule Driver and Railroad Line providing a ballast and show off the pairs true roots to full effect. The recordings are hi-def and Jon Butcher’s guitar work is crisp, soulful and recalls Jeff Beck’s quirky articulation.

Jon explains "  Here we are, several years down the road and in a world turned upside down in many ways. There’s a lot of anxiety about the future. FBI is trying to articulate those feelings in a focused but hopeful way."

 

1/31 FBI on new hit series, SHAMELESS ! The song "Pride of Austin" written by Jon is featured to on two separate episodes of the quirky new hit series, SHAMELESS. Shameless ( the U.S. version ) is an American dramatic series airing on Showtime Sundays at 10 pm/9 pm Central based on the award-winning British series of the same name. The series is set in Chicago's South Side and follows the exploits of Frank Gallagher [ William H. Macy] as he battles alcoholism while raising six kids in a mostly dysfunctional family setting. The series premiered on January 9, 2011. Watch SHAMELESS for more FBI music features.

 

FBI launches its debut album, media campaign and tour schedule which kicks off in Boston MA. After a 5-mos recording schedule Jon and Charlie Farren release their debut Cd, FBI [FarrenButcher, Inc.] to the world. The new Cd is more than the sum of its parts, the result of two separate music careers spanning almost two decades. Recorded at the palatial FMansion Studios, FBI will feature songs co-written by Jon and Charlie and two songs – New Man, East Coast West Coast which were hits for the songwriters at the beginning of their respective careers. Watch for the new FBI Cd at your favorite music outlet in March.

 

A special thanks to Dezra Kenney. Without her faith, love and support the making of the FBI Cd would not have been possible.
Thank you Dez.

 

The new hit series SHAMELESS debuted this month on the Showtime network to great reviews with music furnished by Jon Butcher. Featuring William H. Macy, Justin Chatwin and Joan Cusack the series follows the adventures of the Gallagher family headed by proud single dad Frank Gallagher [Macy] and his six smart, spirited and independent kids who without him would be... perhaps better off. The brilliant William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum are wildly engaging and the first episode more than lives up to it's edgy premise. Check your local listings for times, don't miss this one.In other JB/TV news you'll want to check out another quirky Showtime Original series, United States of Tara starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Also featuring Jon Butcher music the series tells the story of suburban housewife and mother Tara Gregson [Tony Collette] who juggles her family and career while suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder – a condition formerly known as multiple personality disorder. It's never a dull moment in the Gregson household, as Tara's supportive husband Max and their two teenaged children, Kate and Marshall, try to lead as much of a "normal" life as possible. Check local listings for times. Watch for the wildly popular PlayStation III and Wii video game release featuring original music by Jon Butcher and crew. Cars is another in a series of video game releases byTHQ based on the animated hit movie of the same name. We haven't seen the in-game play yet [we often get a preview prior to release] but we hear it's crazy kooky nutty. And speaking of JB music in video games, check out The Sopranos: Road to Respect video game based on the HBO series The Sopranos which aired from 1999 to 2008. Though the video game was released in November 2006 it remains a huge seller for Sony Entertainment. The game's storyline takes place between the fifth and sixth seasons and centers around Big Pussy Bonpensiero's illegitimate son, Joey LaRocca, as he makes his way through the family business. We loved the Sopranos series during it's run and the video game is, well... fugetaboutit. Culinary fans jump back! Welcome to the 3rd printing of Food That Rocks, a celebrity cook book written by Cindy Coverdale featuring a whiz bang dish by our hero, Gaggies White Potato Pie . All net proceeds from Food That Rocks! are targeted for charity, primarily Freedom from Hunger, a US-based organization that helps women and their families in developing countries break free from poverty by promoting sustainable lifestyles through education and assistance, at all good book stores near you.

 

And speaking of book releases featuring our hero, two new ones on the bookshelves right now, the first Rock Stars of the 70's, 80's & 90's by famed rock photographer Victoria E. Mitchell. Culled from several decades of mega-rock tours of the great, near great and ingrate, it offers up everyone from Steve Tyler to Eric Clapton and features Jon gracing the cover. Ready to adorn your most finicky coffee table.

 

Also check out Rockin' Your Stage Sound- A Musicians Guide to Pro Live Audio by Rob Gainey. Designed to help musicians understand the challenges of live audio and touring it features anecdotes, tips and advice from some of the world's most prolific touring musicians, recording artists and technicians.

 

 

 
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