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by John R. Butler

Postmodern Honky Blasphemy
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1. Yodel in Reverse
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2. Hyphenated Name
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3. Holiday Play
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4. The Gulf Coast of Florida
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5. The Hand of the Almighty
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6. She Came on to Me
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7. Ball & Chain
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8. Crack
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9. Televangelist
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10. Voice of the People
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Album Notes
John R. Butler was once described by his songwriting hero, Roger Miller, as "that f*&#er standing in front of the limo," when he tried to approach Mr. Miller for an autograph. Other than that, Butler has had few brushes with greatness.

Currently, Butler entertains visitors to Captiva Island on Florida's Gulf Coast. He juggles pastel-dyed poodles and flaming chainsaws...at the same time.

Butler has two grown children who lead meaningful, productive lives despite his influence. He used to have a really nice dog, maybe the best dog that ever was. His hobbies include stunt flying, mountain climbing and lying about his hobbies.

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Dawn T.

Had to buy more
My daddy loved this CD so much, he had to buy copies for his sibs. "The Hand of the Almighty" alone is worth the modest price.
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Barb & Ed H

We love It!!@!
We searched it out after a minister friend played the Hand of the Almighty cut for us as one of the best "religious songs" he had ever heard -----all said with a straight face. Now that we have it there are so many great cuts. I (Barb) especially like the gravelly voice cut, but what's not to like on the whole thing. The only thing wrong with the albumn is that we are slow to share it. We refuse to share it unless we are there to see the look on our friends faces when the punch lines hit! Great fun and great laughs at a time the world needs them!!
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Ron Pen

Gospel as God intended
Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor...and Butler articulated that humor with tongue firmly wedged in cheek and in faultless gospel echo chorus style. I am eagerly anticipating slipping this cut into my Appalachian music course unit on sacred music...There it will shine resplendent next to shape note hymnody, Old Regular Baptist lined out psalms, and Pentecostal gospel. The entire album is growing on me as well--like a curiously delightful fungus.
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FrGus


I heard a chorus of Ministers sing this at a conference. It was the funniest thing I ever heard! I played it for my Bishopand he, too, laughed so hard! It has given a perverse joy to many.
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My code name is Bob.

John R. Butler is a true "road" scholar.
John has rightfully earned an honorary degree in Hillbillogy. The paramount Hillbillogist, John paints with words. You can actually see his songs happening before your eyes. His tongue-in-cheek humor can fly past the casual listener with even the most observant finding themselves re-listening with greater appreciation each time they hit 'replay'. His multi-talents run deep. He's a writer, a singer, and a picker that can bring tears to your eyes with laughter or deep emotion. John, may you become a household name, like "James Taylor", "Hank Snow", or "Tide". Damn buddy, time you start playin' for some real money.
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Charles D Earle

Hand of the Tele-VP candidate?
OK. With Hand of the Almighty and Televangelist in your repretoire, where's the song about Sarah Palin that we haven't heard???????? There's gotta be one in there somewhere.

The future of the free world depends on you.

Progressivly yours,
A Clergy-person
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Don Lacey

Love it!
Played cut #5 Hand of the Almighty to a coworker and it is now his new favaorite song. The CD brought joy in my life and put a smile on my face.
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Greg

God's gonna get you for that! Really funny, especially "Hand of the Almighty."
I bought this for the Hand of the Almighty since I grew up with this sort of music and mentality constantly on local radio. Fifty years later, that mentality is still around. This song particularly is a real hoot! I laugh to tears when I play it.
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Curry

You are a prophet and a jester. Love it!
The harmony on "The Hand of The Almighty" is superb and so completely in the traditional Gospel gendre and so well done straight faced that the lyrics stand in the best and most stark contrast, "He'll fuck you up...." Bill Gaither's nemisis, no doubt. Where's the song about the high calling that James Dobson has to make sure that real Christians don't vote Democrat? How about the rapture? We wouldn't want any Christians here during the time of trouble. Jews should be your next subject. But then why shouldn't we believe the Jews have a right to a land that's been occupied by Moslems for 1500 years? I'm sure you could tell us. Why shouldn't we support one Moslem group so they can kill and grab the property of another Moslem group? Bet you could answer that too. There's fertile ground here, maybe Holy Ground. Write more. It is your sacred duty. I believe Ezekial and other prophets used sarcasm. Preach on brother! I have taught World Religions for years at the college level. Your songs say things I can only hint at in class.
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Stephen L Hoffmann

Can't get enough
Over the last few months, since first hearing this CD, I've ordered about 10 copies from CDBaby. People keep wanting it once they've heard it, and although I do enjoy strip-searching my friends as they leave after a visit, I feel they should get something as a consolation prize.
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