Meet The Band...
Brandon Butler - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Shortly after high school while attending college, Brandon became the lead-singer and rhythm guitarist for a four-piece band in western Oklahoma called 'Neon Sunset.' He played the bars and honky-tonks all over Oklahoma and west Texas. These times allowed him to pefect his stage presence while paying "dues" and many times, his bills..."I knew I wanted to be an entertainer, but also wanted to get a college degree". Those years harbor some fond memories for Brandon, but were also some lean times. Soon word was out about the little country band with the talented singer. They were booked all over Oklahoma, into Texas and Arkansas even playing such venues as the Lazy E Arena of Guthrie, Oklahoma. After college, Brandon moved from across the state of Oklahoma to the town of Sallisaw, where he has family and still reside. He has shared the stage with such artists as Shenandoah and John Conlee as well as put pen to paper with such songwriting legends as Dennis Knutson and Billy Lawson. Look forward to hearing and experiencing more from Brandon Butler!


Michael Brinson - Guitars , Dobro, Mandolin and Backing Vocals
Michael was playing in an original band called 'Medicine Wheel' around northwest Florida from 1993-1998. Then he moved to Oklahoma where he spent 10 years teaching and directing music at a church, and also running sound and music for christian conventions. During this time he recorded with 5 time christian producer of the year Jonathan Brown and recorded in Nashville with former band mates from Florida. He started playing in clubs again with Will Mendenhall, Grant Pierson, and a country show with Brandon Butler which had the opportunity to share the stage with Shenandoah and Ricochet. Throughout this time he was running sound, recording live shows, and recording albums and demos for local artist in his home studio.



Don W. Martin - Drums and Percussion
Don attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ar as a music major.   He has played in various cover bands 'Bajer' to 'Exit 5'  thru late 1980's. He then toured professionally with the country rock band 'Grayghost ' from 1987 thru 1991. After that he played with local cover bands in and around the Fort Smith area and played music with 'Larry Bedell' thru 2009 and also was with Carrie Underwood from 1998 thru November of 2004.  Don currently plays Yamaha Birch custom drums with Yamaha hardware and a Gibralter rack system. He also uses Sabian cymbals and Vic Firth drum sticks.


Rick Endel - Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Rick Endel is from El Dorado, AR and now lives in Van Buren, AR where he is a band director and pianist at his church. He has played extensively with several bands such as: Oreo Blue, JJ and the Giants, Randy Burden Band, Garrison, Fordamatic, Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes, Catfish Cadillac, Country Jesus Revival and many others. Rick also enjoys recording, scoring music for film and has produced several albums on the market today. He is very excited to be playin’ some Rockin’ Country with The Brandon Butler Band.




Rick Boyett - Bass Guitar
Rick Boyett grew up in Fort Smith Ark. learned to play at an early age from some music legends as well as local legends such as, Bob White, Gene Gasaway, both of whom are in the Western Swing hall of fame, Calvin "Cody" Carter, Ray Livingston, Ben Jack, just to name a few. Rick played locally with several bands and first joined a road band at 19. At 23 he moved to Memphis Tenn. to join "Shylo" which was a band known to Industry insiders not only for their musical expertise, Stunning Vocals but also known for the fact that they were writing hit songs for artist such as Alabama, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Reba, Mel McDaniel, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart and the list goes on and on. After Shylo disbanded a few years later and still living in Memphis Rick became the Bassist for the house band at "The Rum Boogie Cafe" which was Don McMinn and the Rum Boogie Band. While playing Beale Street Rick played for artist such as Percy Sledge, Patti LaBelle, Albert King, as well as others. In 1987 he was hired as Bassist/Vocalist for Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass he worked with the Brass for 7 years, Rick has appeared on The Nashville Now show with Ralph Emory dozens of times, and made several appearances on The Grand Ole Opry as well as many other radio programs like the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling West Virginia. While with the Brass he worked with several other artist as well, such as Rockin' Sydney, David Frizzell, Ferlin Husky, Melba Montgomery, and did a 16 show tour with comedian Bob Newhart. After leaving the Brass Rick worked with a variety of artist like Johnny Lee, Joe Stampley, Billy Hoffman, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tilles. While with Mel he played behind artist like Charlie Pride, Glen Campbell, Pam Tilles, Crook and Chase, Hank Williams III. Rick was also Bassist for a regional band known as Windy Austin and the Hot House Tomato Boys for 5 years. Most recently Rick has been touring with "American Icon tribute to Johnny Cash" since 2010 and joined the Brandon Butler Band in the fall of 2013 where he intends to Stay for a long while.

 
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