Unsung Blues Guitar Hero Billy Butler

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Billy ButlerOur friend and colleague Dave Rubin brought this one to attention today, mentioning how Billy Butler is one of the truly unsung heroes of blues guitar. His three-chorus solo in Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," which has been covered by artists as diverse as James "Blood" Ulmer, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Danny Gatton, is a must-know classic.

Over the course of his career, Butler played alongside such legends as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, King Curtis, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and Connie Francis, to name just a few.

Check out the tune below, and then pick up the "Honky Tonk" guitar tab here. You can also learn more about Butler and get a great lesson on the "Honky Tonk" solo (along with the note-for-note tab) from Dave Rubin in his excellent book 25 Great Blues Guitar Solos (Hal Leonard).

25 Great Blues Guitar Solos




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