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Finland's Slim Butler Has Released Eagerly Awaited Fourth Album 'Bone Deep'

Photo Credit: Tino Happonen.

As one of the contemporary Blues world’s finest, Slim Butler, has released his eagerly awaited fourth album Bone Deep.

Self-produced by Slim, Bone Deep includes yet another impressive collection of ten original songs. Breaking new ground sonically with styles ranging from Blues, R&B and Funk to an Americana vibe, it will surely raise some interest among the Blues community all over the world.

Bone Deep was recorded over a couple of days at Lato-Sounds, Tampere, Finland in August 2021. Engineered by acclaimed guitarist, Tapio Ylinen (who is a featured guest), also, superb guest accordionist, Tatu Kantomaa, added his soulful touch and talent with bandoneon to one of the tracks.

Backed by his touring band, The SlimCuts, Slim has gained a solid reputation as a true recording artist and powerful live performer. Butler is firmly standing at the forefront of a widespread revival of interest in the Blues in Finland and more widely in Scandinavia and Europe.

Slim Butler´s first two albums: Inner Blues (2012) and Bad Intention (2016) were nominated for Best Blues Album Of The Year in Finland, respectively. The internationally acclaimed third album Big Freeze was released in 2018.

Slim Butler & The SlimCuts represented Finland in The European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway, 2018, and in the 35th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019.

Slim Butler hails from the unfamiliar hot bed of Finland´s Blues scene, Rovaniemi. Slim was born in the summer of 1963 as Jarmo Puhakka in this small Arctic Circle town. Ever since picking up his first guitar (a cheap mail-order Lucky Seven) at the tender age of 12, he´s been fronting local bands, always leaning towards Blues, Soul and Rock.

Never one to limit his musical focus, he is also an enthusiastic lover of Funk, Reggae and Jazz – listeners can still hear echoes of some of his early influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, The Beatles, Howlin´ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder and The Allman Brothers. After honing his skills for decades, Slim has gradually evolved into a mighty fine guitarist, band leader, avid songwriter and recording artist with musical maturity and a vision to reckon with. Now at the forefront of the Finnish Blues movement, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. Over the years Slim has shared the stage with Jimmy Johnson, Otis Grand, Bob Brozman, Dr. Feelgood, Papa George, just to new but a few.

Slim is a lifelong advocate of the finest Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Soul and Americana. Alongside his many musical activities, he is a proud producer of the Roots´n River Blues Festival in Rovaniemi. The event was founded in 1995 and is still kickin´ strong. Blues and soul legends such as Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James, Johnny Adams, Jimmy Johnson, Carey Bell, Roscoe Gordon and Tower of Power are among the household names that have visited the cozy annual gathering in Lapland.


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