Jerry Butler & the Blu J’s have much to celebrate this week.
Their new CD, Stranger In My Own Hometown, is out on Blue Circle Records. This is the first release Butler with his band, but not his first recording. He has previously appeared on albums from Pine Mountain Railroad, Carolina Road, The Misty Valley Boys and on a 2009 project with John Wade, Haulin’ Grass.
The title track is a new song from Tom T and Dixie Hall. You can hear audio samples for 8 of the albums 12 songs at Reverb Nation.
Jerry is also happy to announce that banjo legend – and former Blue Grass Boy – Jack Hicks has joined the band. Jack worked with Monroe in the 1970s and before that with Jim & Jesse. His career also included a stint with Lester Flatt and ten years on fiddle with Conway Twitty.
Butler is delighted to have him in the band.
“The stories and experiences that Jack has already shared with us are very entertaining and we’re sure others will make the road trips fun for all. His style of play compliments us, and to have the option of fiddle to some selections is great.
Needless to say we are looking forward to what lies ahead for the Blu-J’s.”
Look for Hicks with the Blu J’s starting March 11 in Wapakoneta, OH. The band’s full schedule can be found online.