Spade

The Spade

by Butch Walker & the Black Widows
     
 
Ten years into his solo career, Butch Walker has given himself more makeovers than the girls who attend his concerts, dressing up his pop songs in glam rock clothing one minute and dusty Americana threads the next. On Spade, he explores the seedy side of Hollywood with equal parts power pop and heartland rock & roll. Walker has walked that line before; "The

Overview

Ten years into his solo career, Butch Walker has given himself more makeovers than the girls who attend his concerts, dressing up his pop songs in glam rock clothing one minute and dusty Americana threads the next. On Spade, he explores the seedy side of Hollywood with equal parts power pop and heartland rock & roll. Walker has walked that line before; "The Weight of Her," the kick-off track from 2008's Sycamore Meadows, isn't too far removed from these guitar-driven epics. But Spade dedicates more time to Walker's off-center vision of Americana than his other records, from the slinky, Exile-era Rolling Stones groove of "Sweethearts" to the thick Southern harmonies that fill "Dublin Crow." Supporting Walker are a group of simpatico musicians known collectively as the Black Widows, who trade tangled guitar solos during the ballads and pepper the faster songs with gang vocals, turning what could've been a solo project into a proper band album. Members Fran Capitanelli and Chris Unck even claim nearly as many songwriting credits as Walker himself. The lyrics still focus on Walker's own little world -- the girls he's known, the drugs he's done, the trouble he got into as an '80s wild child -- but Spade feels broader, fuller, more collective than those words suggest.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Dangerbird
UPC:
0842803007127
catalogNumber:
71
Rank:
8472

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Performance Credits

Butch Walker & the Black Widows   Primary Artist
Butch Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Banjolin
Fran Capitanelli   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,drum overdubs
Patrick Keeler   Drums
Cary Ann Hearst   Background Vocals
Chris Unck   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Trent   Background Vocals
Gavin Fitzjohn   Trumpet,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Horn Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Banjolin
Steven Patt   Dobro,Accordion

Technical Credits

Butch Walker   Composer
Fran Capitanelli   Composer
Chris Unck   Composer
Michael Trent   Composer
Gavin Fitzjohn   Horn Arrangements
Jake Sinclair   Composer
Butch Walker & the Black Widows   Engineer
Adam C. Blake   Artwork

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