David Hooper/kathode Ray Music
One of my favorite independent CDs of all time.
I get dozens of demos and CDs in the mail weekly. Most are just rehashed rock tunes or something else that doesn't really grab my attention.
This disc grabbed my attention in a big way. In fact, I like it so much that I have listened to it probably 50 times since I first met Butch at the Atlantis Music Conference and he handed me a copy.
This disc is just a 2-track recording of Butch and his guitar, but to me that is what music is all about. There is no fancy production and you can (apparently) hear some mistakes, but the connection is definitely there and I think that's the most important thing you can have.
Butch Rice cuts through all the crap on this release. The simpilicity is what makes it so perfect. I would recommend this disc to anybody.
The next big thing in "Mello" Music!
It's simply put as 'great music', i literally could put it on repeat for hours. His songs are very relaxing. i absolutely love the #15 hidden track at the very end of the cd. If you like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, or even DMB, you will love Butch Rice.
Butch Rice - Acoustic Pop is a vary unique album.
The only reason I am not giving this album five stars is
because I want to reserve that honor for Mr. Rice's next album.
Between the first notes of the first song, "Why Won't This
Heart,"and the final chord in the last song, 'Low," you come
away from this album asking yourself, "how can something so
simple be so complex?" Or"How can something so mellow be
The answer to these questions is simple: Butch Rice is a
brilliant songwriter with a voice that is so powerful and so
emotional that when you combine that voice with his
well-crafted lyrics and his accomplished guitar style, you
get - well, as the title implies, Acoustic Pop.
Yes, it is pop, yet it is bare-bones acoustic. With this
album, Butch Rice proves that intensity, soul and energy can
all be achieved with three simple elements - one voice, one
guitar, and one hell of a collection of original songs.
The melodies glue themselves to the inside of your head. But
that's a good thing. There's no escaping the memorable hooks
and hearfelt lytics. The guitar work is a tantalizing study
in contrasts; just as your ear settles into a comfortable
three or four chords, your mind blinks - what was that? Was
that a little jazz chord thrown in there? Whoa, there it is
again. It is a very unique style.
And then . . . and then, there's that VOICE. The initial
impact ricochets in your head for a moment and then becomes
laser-focused that this is the unique voice of Butch Rice.
The depth, the soul, the power and control - it is unlike any
voice you've ever heard. It grabs you, picks you up - sometimes
even holds you over a cliffor out of a high-rise window, but
it always brings you back and sets you down on safe ground.
Whether the voice drives the lyrics or the lyrics drive the
voice - it doesn't matter because it all adds up to an
incredible experience. Butch Rice - Acoustic Pop is a great
This album is living proof that some of the best music out
there today is not coming from the big, monolithic mega-labels,
but instead from the smaller independent labels like ear X-tacy
who believe that great songs by great artists will endure
beyond the labels who are constantly chasing their tails
looking for and trying to create the next big trend.
Not a trend - Butch Rice is the real thing. Do yourself some
good and buy this CD.
Tim Roberts/louisville Music News
Performed only with solo acoustic guitar, the tracks on Acoustic Pop are genuine
"There are honest, mature pop songs available with lyrics strengthened with true emotions, sung with a richness that flows like warm silver under your skin. You'll find a baker's dozen of such tender mercies in ACOUSTIC POP…it's not the kind of recording you simply listen to. You languish in it."