Slim Butler hails from the unfamiliar hot bed of Finland´s blues scene, Rovaniemi. Slim was born in summer of 1963 as Jarmo Puhakka in this small Arctic Circle town. Ever since picking up his first guitar (cheap mail-order Lucky Seven) at the tender age of 12, he´s been fronting local bands, always leaning towards blues, soul and rock. Never one to limit his musical focus, he is also an enthusiastic lover of funk, reggae and jazz – listeners can still hear echoes of some of his early influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, The Beatles, Howlin´ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder and The Allman Brothers. After honing his skills for decades, Slim has gradually evolved into a mighty fine guitarist, band leader, avid songwriter and recording artist with musical maturity and a vision to reckon with. Now at the forefront of the Finnish blues movement, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. Over the years Slim has shared the stage with Jimmy Johnson, Otis Grand, Bob Brozman, Dr. Feelgood, Papa George, just to new but a few.
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.