Claude “Butch” Morgan’s “Talk About It” entertained and delighted us all the way to Louisana. Of course, that’s what great songwriters do.
On our way to an event in Louisiana, I popped in the CD sent to me by Claude “Butch” Morgan. It turned out that the CD was played over four times and I couldn’t stop laughing and enjoying his songs. The cover gave me a vague sense of what I might be hearing – with a wizened but handsome cowboy on the front and a clown peering out from a trailer door on the back. Now, this would be an understatement of Claude “Butch” Morgan’s talent! I was reminded of a Ray Stevens, Justin Wilson, Guy Gilchrist and the best of Texas country music! What a wonderful thrill and I laughed out loud at the genius of the song-stories and of the brilliance of this artist!
Butch claims to not be a singer, but a songwriter. In my opinion, he is as talented and entertaining genius as both – as well as a healing balm for your emotions! They say “Laughter is the best medicine,” and in “Butch’s case, I would take this medicine all day long!
Claude “Butch “Morgan has created an album “Talk About It,” is one that is near and dear to this Examiner’s heart because life is hard enough, and the best remedy for that is laughter and joy. Butch has been blessed to give us both of those wonderful gifts in this album.
The title song “Talk About It” is such a great testimony to the things in life that really make us laugh and has a true genius within its words. Oh, if only more people would have this attitude toward the things that affect us.
In an interview with Butch Morgan, we see the humor and love in this man. He is a true Country hero, humorist, and very wise in his thinking and honesty in songwriting.
Butch: “I don’t consider myself a country artist. I’m a songwriter!”
SJC: And how did you begin in this field?
Butch: “I started playing in 1963 and never stopped! Even when I was drafted and played music in the Army, in Germany. When I got out in 1969, I immediately formed an original music band. I have NEVER played in a cover band. I have always done my own music. If I had to classify my music in a genre, I would say it would be Folk/Rock/Blues/Country.” And he forgot being one of the most talented musical humorists in any genre!
SJC: And what are the instruments you play in your music and who has influenced you the most in your career?
Butch: “Guitar, lap steel and trumpet. As for my influences – both professional and non-professional would be God, my parents, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzel, Web Pierce, the Beatles, the Stones, the Doors, the Band, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Jonathan Byrd, the Byrds, Poco, and my high school marching band!”
SJC: It’s apparent that these instruments and influences are all a big part of your new album “Talk About It.” I love the mixture! You are so experienced in the music world. Most all bands would be craving your wisdom – What are the biggest obstacles for bands today?
Butch: I truly believe it is in carrying big ego problems and not having a long term goal. Most importantly, cross the “T”s and dot the “I’s. Pay every time you get the chance. Say “Yes, ma’am and Yes, sir.” Don’t do politics from the stage and keep your private life private! And most of all WORK ON SONGWRITING!”
And for fans reading this interview – don’t text while driving!
SJC: And if you had a dream duet partner, who would you choose?
Butch: It would be Sylvia Kirk from San Antonio! (Sylvia, I’m very jealous!)
SJC: Give me a slogan that best describes you! (I was a little nervous on this one with Butch and gave him a second question just in case!) or just give me another answer such as Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip or Mustard?
Butch: Oh, I have lots of them, but my favorite is “Keep looking up! And as far as an answer on the Mayo, Miracle Whip or Mustard thing… it’s definitely MAYO, no mustard, ‘cept on hotdogs! (Ah, a man after my own heart!)
SJC: I’ve heard from so many that to really appreciate your presentation, it’s best visually and personally and that it is such an uplifting occasion! I am totally happy hearing your CD, but I can only imagine “really being there!”
Butch: Yes, if I were you I would go see me… (laughing) …it’s even more entertaining than the CD
SJC: On your album “Talk About It,” what is your favorite song, which one do you enjoy singing the most, and why?
Butch: Well, I like “Sad Café” off the new album “Talk About It”, mainly because it is such the opposite of me as a person and I had to dig pretty deep to write it. Plus, I love the feel and tone of the song. “The Man In the Mirror” is a special song each time I sing it, because I can relate to it personally. I know it connects, especially with men.
I have a few videos and am my own part time agent, so I also spend much time on the road, but when I’m home, I love working on my house – it was built in 1921 and I like hammering, mailing, building and remodeling, so it’s a perfect stress reliever. On the road, I like to relax by camping in state and national parks, hiking and enjoying the beauty of God’s presence in nature.
What inspires me most to do what I do is that I’ve always known that this is what I want to do. I’ve never had the desire to be famous, but I do have a driving passion to be GREAT! My favorite and most exciting moment in my career was playing the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival and my gig, Friday, August 13th with Butch Hancock! Those are the times when it makes it so perfect!
Claude “Butch” Morgan has impressed me so much and I immediate fell in love with his CD “Talk About It!” I sure can’t wait to hear more! His songwriting, his view of life, love and being able to laugh and inspiring his fans to enjoy the songs and even create a “laugh out loud” song or three is so refreshing and so appreciated by those of us who often forget to see things as they are, laugh it over and let it go…. Now that’s the sign of a real genius. And although Butch says he is not a singer, but a songwriter – I disagree. His songwriting and that little bit raspy voice lends to the wisdom and experience of a true musical artist and humorist. All that is left to say is that he made me laugh out loud, made me think and most of all made me a happier person! The world would be a great place to be just by listening to the greats like Claude “Butch” Morgan!
Tuesday, October 12 · 8:00pm – 9:00pm
LocationOnline on www.radiofreetexas.org Live from The Tin Roof
470 S Main St
Radio Free Texas
Radio Free Texas Songwriter’s Showcase is proud to present: Claude (Butch) Morgan, Tuesday October 12th. @ 8:00 PM, Live from The Tin Roof 470 S Main St. Boerne, TX. 78006. Streaming Live on www.radiofreetexas.org. If you are within driving distance come out for the (free) show and $2.50 Shiner Beer. If you can’t make it out, then listen in on Radio Free Texas. For more information on this and upcoming shows, go to www.rftsws.co…m
AboutClaude (Butch) Morgan:
“He’s everyone’s old friend. One feels like they known him forever. His stories are as old and familar and as rich as the dirt of the highways he’s traveled! He’s the real deal, the genuine article, with a true and unique voice! His songs will make you smile, think, and pray…all at the same time!” -Shake Russell,
SONGWRITER SHOWCASES SCHEDULE:
Oct 05 8:00PM Jimmy Davis
Oct 12 8:00PM Claude (Butch) Morgan
Oct 19 8:00PM Slim Bawb
Oct 26 7:00PM 2nd Anniversary Show
Nov 02 8:00PM Hunter McKithan
Nov 09 8:00PM Dustin Welch
Nov 16 8:00PM Eric Hisaw
Nov 23 No Show (Happy Thanksgiving)
Nov 30 8:00PM Shy Blakeman