We first got turned on to Richmond-based soul/R&B collective Butcher Brown during our interview with Nicholas Payton. Some of ya’ll might recall the way Payton got wax poetic when we asked the him about his thoughts on working with the boys from Butcher Brown during part two of our very long and informative interview. If backing the veteran trumpet player on Numbers served as an introductory for Butcher Brown , then All Purpose Music – the band’s latest release – is definitely the band’s pièce de résistance for 2014. The 15-track recording features Devonne Harris (guitar, keys, percussion), Corey Fonville (drums), Andrew Randazzo (bass), and Keith Askey (guitar) exploring every facet of what we like to call “that-feel-good-put-that-stank-face-all-over-your-mug” music (for lack of a better term). All Purpose Music showcases Butcher Brown playing just a little bit of everything from the bossa-esque “Highway One,” an R&B number titled “Faith” featuring vocalist John Bibbs, as well as the Soulquarians-era inspired “Fohbliv.”

Butcher Brown - 'All Purpose Music'
Payton – who also featured in All Purpose Music – had this to say about Butcher Brown:

In an era where people eschew tangibility for technology, Butcher Brown is a ray of hope for the future. They are soldiers of peace, armed with respect for the lineage of Black music, who aren’t afraid to push forward. Rooted in the soil of the earth, their music reflects an aesthetic that exists beyond chronology. As anomalous as brown leaves of fall on a spring tree, they cause you to question exactly how a group of relatively “young” men possess such “old” souls.

They are agents of a continuum. A spectrum of color that defies categorical constructs, like that of dusk settling across the evening sky. They are a subtle, yet beautiful, reminder that after the darkness of nightfall, we are soon to expect the promise of the sun.

Preview All Purpose Music below. Purchase your copy of Butcher Brown’s latest album via iTunes. Head over to Butcher Brown’s website for more info.

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