Exclusive Q&A with Perpetual Groove’s Brock Butler

Check out this exclusive Q&A with Perpetual Groove’s guitarist and primary songwriter, Brock Butler, conducted by BLP’s publicist/wonder-woman D$.

D$: Most of our readers are familiar with PGroove and some with your solo sets but what can we expect with the Brock & Adam Duo?

Brock Butler: I have done these with Albert on drums and with Perry many times. Having Adam play a show like this opens up some more options for the set list. There are a few more PGroove songs that represent better with his bass to hold it down. Put the thickness to it that is hard to achieve when I am by myself.

D$: What will the setlist look like? A mix of PGroove classics, songs from Lately Here Though, debuting any new originals, any bust outs?

BB: I do have some newer covers I have been putting in to the acoustic shows. I also have two newer originals, more like the frame work of a house…just the walls aren’t painted. That’s always a plus to these shows. Sort of a way to test them. I will, of course, have some of my old goodies as well.
D$: What does the instrumentation look like for this show in addition to your guitar and Adam’s bass? At the Culture Room show and Bear Creek you had the Moog Voyager. Can we expect to see the Moog again and other keyboards or instruments?

BB: When doing any gig stripped down, I like to try and keep it interesting. I would imagine most folks think that a solo show will be one or two guys doing story tellers, etc. I like to bring as many tones as possible, but I draw the line at automation. No prerecorded anything. I’ll have my melodica, lap steel, my amp and electric. I use a loop pedal as well which is tricky. I like the loop but am weary of the audience talking more about the toys than the technique. I believe it could distract from the emotions as well.

D$: We hear Jessiah & Alan may sit-in after their Aquaphonics side project, Square’d, opens. You also recently joined another of our favorite Florida bands, Cope, on stage during Bear Creek. It’s a big honor for artists, not yet at your level, to play with you…and fans love it. So, tell us a bit about what inspires you to do so.

BB: I first would have to be cautious about what level some might believe me to be on. I certainly feel that we (PGroove) have been at the traveling rock show game for a while. Paid some dues. I love to play whenever and however I can. I really like both the bands you mentioned. I like the guys in The Heavy Pets as well. They strike me as genuinely into their music. In general, I really like meeting people and making new friends, whether they’re musicians or in the audience. It’s always a treat to meet new musicians and find you get along socially as well as musically. If their audience happens to be fans of ours as well? The bonuses just keep coming. It’s all nothing but good things for those who enjoy it. If some people don’t care for me or what I contribute to a sit-in? I am sorry if they feel I took away from whichever group they were seeing. At Bear Creek, I sat in with Cope. They seemed to enjoy it, I know I did, and now there’s a little talk of them coming through the Athens/Atlanta area? We can do a little co-bill. I love networking and it being fruitful. I also know how great I felt when bands like moe. and Umphrey’s have been kind enough to let me hop up with them. Or when they have sat in with PGroove. It’s a great feeling to get to play with other musicians you respect or have inspired you, and if my sitting in or working with Aquaphonics or Cope in any way gives them a similar feeling? I’m very grateful.
D$: Tell us a bit about the recording process with your debut solo album and what it was like collaborating with different artists in the studio outside PGroove?

BB: Having only done a serious studio session with Perpetual Groove, I had a collection of songs I have recorded on my computer or hand cassette recorder, that over time, I know if they belong on a path to pgroove or would end up riding the bench in the band’s repertoire. The whole record never went digital. Stayed on analogue tape all the way. Used true plate reverbs. I really love old school stuff. Beach Boys (Brian Wilson more specifically), Van Morrison, King Curtis, Otis Redding,¬†etc. When I hear Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket…all these rich reverbs and such atmosphere, I hear the connective tissue between these older records and today’s modern stuff. I use no digital keys. All vintage gear. I had some of my friends and other local musicians play on the record as well. Karolyn and Daniel from Venice is Sinking also from Athens, GA. Under the Porch is Michael Blair, Ayinde Bryant and Gary Paulo. Brian Revercomb is one of my life-long dearest friends…we were in my high school band together, The Corporate Sugar Daddies. It was nice having friends from very new to those I’ve known my whole life involved. Just a blast and so much fun.

Thanks for the interest Destiny. See you Thursday.


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