Billy Butler (1924-91) was one of the most influential guitar players in the history of African-American music. What R&B picker worth his salt hasn't committed to memory Butler's brilliantly sculpted solo from the 1956 Bill Doggett smash "Honky Tonk"? The Philadelphia-born guitarist spent most of his career as a studio musician, contributing to countless R&B, blues, and soul-jazz sessions, seldom stepping out on his own. He did, however, cut four marvelous albums for Prestige between 1968 and '70, and this reissue combines the first and the fourth. That Butler was a groove master is well demonstrated on such boogaloo selections as "The Twang Thang" and "The Soul Roll," while numbers like "Cherry," "Work Song," and "Night Life" showcase his unique "singing" guitar style.
with Houston Person, Ernie Hayes, Bob Bushnell, Rudy Collins, Jesse Powell, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Jimmy Johnson