There are those voices that evoke memories that remind you of your childhood. Like a mother’s arms, they wrap around you and offer solace for anything that ails you. Mckenzie Butler has one of those voices, with a slight country style that makes you yearn for a fall hayride. Mckenzie found her way to South Carolina from Mississippi and brought her sweet southern style to the capital city of Columbia, where she has continuously studied music in order to develop her unique sound. In 2016, she joined forces with bandmate Barry Harp to form the Mckenzie Butler band. Talented artists Whit Jones, Justin Marshall, and David Headrick round out the rest of the musical team.
We had a chance to talk with Mckenzie about her move to South Carolina, her new band, and their latest project. Find out more below and put their album release date on your calendar! You won’t be disappointed.
SCMG: You moved to South Carolina from Tupelo, Mississippi a while back. How has the transition been for you?
MB: Well, I’ve been here for 10 years. It’s been really great. Columbia’s got a small town feel to it. If you’re having a bad day, you can always run into somebody you know.
SCMG: How do you find the local music community compared to where you’re from?
MB: A lot different. There is a lot more nightlife here! Up until about 10 years ago, my county (in Mississippi) was a dry county, so that means no alcohol. Here in Columbia, it’s right at your fingertips. I like playing all over – Irmo, Downtown, and Lexington. We also enjoy playing in the Vista, but as far as crowds go, Jake’s, Tin Roof, and Fox Field Bar and Grille are some of our favorites.
SCMG: What would you say has been your biggest challenge musically?
MB: To tell a story through my songs, and be let it be personal but not too personal. It’s about not letting the public read your entire book in the song. It’s more about finding the way to say it to them indirectly. It let’s people read their own meaning into the words behind the song.
SCMG: How did you put your band together here in SC?
MB: I met Barry (Harp), our drummer, probably 8/9 years ago. We were hanging out at the Attic in Five Points, and he was like “we really need a band.” Couple of years went by, and Barry said that he had opened a recording studio. And that’s when it happened.
SCMG: Your current project is coming out soon, right?
MB: Yeah, we just got done recording a 6 song EP, and are doing photo shoots and promotions for it now. We are planning to put this music out soon. The release is planned for October 5th at Fox Field Bar and Grille.
SCMG: Who are you working on it with?
MB: We recorded at Beat Cave Records with sound engineer, Rodney Wallace. Barry was the producer. We had a myriad of musicians working on that record with 3 different bass players, 3 guitarists, and more. It’s been a huge deal for us.
Mckenzie Butler Band can be found at ReverbNation, Facebook, and Instagram @MckenzieButlerBand
A lifetime of music addiction and appreciation has led Stephanie to her passion of live music photography and the entertainment industry. Having a particular interest in exceptional guitar work, she is best known for introducing her kids to Steve Vai’s and Yngwie Malmsteen’s talent in an effort to promote musical discovery to a new generation.