Butch Watson


Also known as C. Watson, Watson

Discography of Butch Watson:

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Butch started to play guitar after hearing an album by Grant Green, “ Feeling the Spirit” when he was about 12 years old. It was then that the Spirit touched him to play guitar.

During high school Butch studied guitar and recording with Master Guitarist William "Billy" Jennings of Plainfield, New Jersey, Harry Leahy and George Benson before entering Kansas State University where he majored in Cultural Anthropology. At KSU, Butch performed as a guitarist for the school’s drama club, the Purple Mask Theatre and local bands. He jammed with Bill Hollingsworth. Butch entered graduate school at the University of Colorado (CU) but the Spirit to play never left him. He would be destined to a supporting role as a guitarist, composer, sound engineer and an assistant producer.

In Boulder, Colorado, another “musical gold mine”, he got a chance to perform with legendary rock guitarist Tommy Bolin at the “Good Earth”. Butch also met "later to be" Earth Wind and Fire members Philip Baily, Larry Dunn and Andrew Wolfolk (all CU students), who were in a group called “Friends of Love”.

He also was a Youth Outreach Worker for the Department of Community Development in Boulder. Returning to NJ in 1977, Butch worked as a grant writer in order to help underprivileged children in his hometown and in NYC.

A year later, he and brother master guitarist Harry Watson were recruited by Parliament Funkadelic lead singer, Glenn Goins, to work on the Quazar project which went to #10 on the USA R&B charts.

After Goins’ untimely passing from cancer, Butch performed as a guitarist (or composer) with French singer Catherine Lara (Coup de Feel/SONY, France SMM 501480 2 © 2000)), Junior Byron ( Formula Records – F-001 Canada), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wilson Pickett (I Want You/ EMI #062-86025 ) and David Bryne (live performance). Butch Watson appears as a guitarist/composer on “Uncut Funk” (BMG France #74321 483062 ], a compilation with Parliament, George Duke , Sly & The Family Stone , Kool & The Gang, Larry Young , Cameo Bootsy's Rubber Band and War.

As a sound engineer Butch Watson worked with the Talking Heads, and The Tom Tom Club for the complete “Speaking in Tongues” Tour and was a sound engineer for the concert movie “Stop Making Sense” produced by Jonathan Deme. Deme went on to make Academy Award movies "Silence of the Lambs","Philadelphia" and "The Manchurian Candidate". Byrne (the Talking Heads lead singer), later wrote the music for "The Last Emperor" with Sakamoto Ryuichi. Talking Heads can also be heard in the movies "Wall Street" and "Wall Street 2".

In 1990, although an instructor at Yonsei University Graduate School of Business Administration in Seoul, Republic of South Korea, Butch performed with Korean movie soundtrack composer Yong-Jin Jeong before moving to Japan in 1992. He has performed with Japanese singers Mochida Kaori and Amuro Namie.

In Japan, Butch Watson has also taught International Communications at Waseda University (Tokyo), Kanto Gakuin University (Yokohama), Zushi Kaisei, and the prestigious Arima High School, Odawara Jonai, & Eiko Gakuen in Kamakura (2011). He teaches, practices guitar, and studies Kendo ( Japanese Fencing /All Japan Kendo Federation).

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