Banjo master, Butch Robins, (formerly of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Newgrass Revival, Leon Russell Band, Charlie Moore and more....) has just released two new singles for the holiday season. The first, "Holiday Toast" is an original composition written and played by Butch on banjo and treats listeners to a rare solo vocal performance by him as well! The second is Butch's arrangement of the classic Leroy Anderson tune, "Sleigh Ride", featuring the wonderful singing of Nashville's Kathy Chiavola!
As far as banjo players are concerned, few are as innovative or stylistically diverse as is Joseph C. ("Butch") Robins. Butch's musical diversity is evidenced in the bluegrass world by his inclusion as one of the longest tenured banjoists for Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys and bassist for the New Grass Revival, earning him the distinction of being "the one and only New Grass/Blue Grass Boy". He has been one of the busiest of Nashville's freelance banjo players and has performed with big-band leader, Harry James, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Leon Russell.
The 70's found Butch playing in various bands, including Charlie Moore, Jim & Jesse, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and the New Grass Revival. It was during these years that he explored different banjo playing techniques and helped lay the groundwork for the progressive, melodic, 5-string banjo playing of today. As a self-produced, solo recording artist with interest in and attention to ensemble sound, Butch contracted with Rounder Records and released three landmark albums - "Forty Years Late", "Fragments of My Imagicnation" and "The Fifth Child".
In 1977, Butch became the banjoist for Bill Monroe and his "Blue Grass Boys". With Monroe, he traveled and performed throughout the United States, including the White House and Lincoln Center in New York City, until 1981. After the Monroe experience he founded the first incarnation of The Blue Grass Band.
These singles are now available on iTunes and will be also available through other online merchants in the coming days.