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Moods: Type: Vocal Moods: Mood: Party Music Blues: Memphis Blues Blues: Soul-Blues Urban/R&B: Deep Soul

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United States - Minnesota

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Willie Walker & The Butanes

Best Blues Band - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2002
City Pages

Easily the best rompin’ stompin’ party blues/R&B show in town.
Twin Cities Reader

The Butanes keep it simple: Play loud, play fast and by all means, keep the dancers moving and the waitresses working.
People magazine

Powerful but tasteful.
New Orleans Time-Picayune

Long a commanding presence on the Minneapolis blues/R&B scene, the Butanes began receiving numerous individual and group awards in the late 80’s. The early 90’s found the band holding down two house gigs that have since become a cherished part of local lore: the 10 strong Butanes Soul Revue brought southern soul to the Cabooze bar every Wednesday and the trio delivered Chicago blues to the 400 bar every Thursday. As the accolades piled up, local appearances became less frequent. The band could often be found playing behind luminaries around the world leading one New Orleans wag to dub them “the best band you’ve never heard of.”

Earl King hired the Butanes to back him at a dozen New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival appearences as well as numerous Midwest festival and Club dates. The band accompanied Earl on a seven country tour of Europe and recorded with him at the London BBC studios, performed at the Vin Expo in Bordeaux, France and played on his final unreleased Black Top tracks.

They toured the Midwest, California, Alaska and the Virgin Islands with Zydeco accordionist Al Rapone, backed numerous New Orleans legends at the 1st Ernie K-Doe R&B Tribute at the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans and were "saved" during rehearsal for the St. Louis Blues & Heritage Festival by Motown/Stax/Raelettes vocalist the Reverend Dr. Mabel John.

Their most recent collaborations with former Goldwax/Checker vocalist Willie Walker, Memphisapolis and Right Where I Belong, have both been ranked as number 1 "picks to click" on XM Radios' Bluesville station. Willie and the Butanes traveled to Utrecht, the Netherlands to perform at the final Blues Estaffette. They spent 10 days playing at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland and headlined the first P-vine Blues Festival in Tokyo.

Partial list of STARS the Butanes have backed:
Long John Baldry
James Carr
Gene Chandler
Otis Clay
Johnny “Clyde” Copeland
James “Thunderbird” Davis
Jimmy Dawkins
Bo Diddley
Sugar Pie DeSanto
Don & Dewey
King Floyd
Carol Fran & Clarence Hollimon
Rosco Gordon
Phil Guy
John Lee Hooker
Mable John
Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Ben E. King
Earl King
Lady Bianca
Lefty Dizz
Hip Linkchain
Bettye LaVette
Frankie Lee
Laura Lee
Mighty Sam McClain
The Memphis Horns
RJ Mischo
Milwaukee Slim
Oliver “Who Shot The La-La” Morgan
Tony Owens
Pinetop Perkins
Al Rapone
Dalton Reed
Francine Reed
Tommy Ridgely
Fenton Robinson
Percy Sledge
Big Walter Smith
Percy Strother
Hubert Sumlin
Little Johnny Taylor
Willie Walker
Robert Ward
Lee “Shot” Williams
Louis Williams