Charlie Butler is not the first musician to find spiritual guidance from the blues.
But the Philadelphia-born guitarist and singer, who currently leads Calgary’s Charlie B and the Groove Crew, decided to put all his spiritual cards on the table with his latest song, a rollicking Bo Diddley-flavoured number called Blues is My Religion.
“It’s sort of a mixture of Bo, and B.B. (King) and Keb Mo,” explains Butler. “In the song, it says: ‘The blues is a temple made up of gospel and soul. It’s the birthplace of pop, rap and rock ‘n’ roll.’ Because it is.”
It should also fit right in when the band goes down to the International Blues Competition in Memphis next week, a city officially known as “the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.”