A musical meetings of Finland’s finest in Lapland’s famous arctic town has now produced two seriously hip-sounding collections of tunes, Inner Blues and Bad Intention. All the songs are written by Slim Butler himself with a genuinely rootsy, old-school flavour rarely experienced in the blues market these days. A number of true veterans of the local Finnish Blues fraternity provided a solid backup to Slim´s highly personal songs.
The icing on the cake are the venerable American singers. Inner Blues´s vocalist Sugar Ray Norcia is best known for being the front man and singer/harpist for Boston´s legendary bands – Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Roomful Of Blues and his own The Bluetones. A rising new star to watch out for, Andrew Black from Atlanta, adds a real gutbucket southern flavor to the mix on both albums. Sharing the vocal duties with Andrew on Bad Intention is an Indianapolis´s own phenomenal Tad Robinson, whose soulful approach bring to front the feel of Stax´s and Muscle Shoals´s glory days.
Slim is a lifelong advocate of the finest rhythm and blues, funk, soul and americana. Alongside his many musical activities, he is one helluva proud producer of the Roots´n River Blues festival in Rovaniemi. The event was founded in 1995 and is still kickin´ strong. Blues and soul legends such as Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James, Johnny Adams, Jimmy Johnson, Carey Bell, Roscoe Gordon and Tower of Power are among the household names that have visited the cozy annual gathering in Lapland.
– Jarmo ”Slim Butler” Puhakka is more than just a fine guitarist and musician. He can write some great tunes from blues to soul to R&B and rock´n roll
– Nearly all the songs are personal and heart-felt. There are no jamming track fillers. Everything is written from the heart. Hence we titled the album – Inner Blues
– Slim Butler is welcome addition to the wealthy talent pool that exists within the Blues community worldwide
– Slim Butler is running on the same solid track as his blues contemporaries all around the world