Butch began DJ'ing after graduating from high school in 1976 to make some money for college, have some fun along the way and to meet girls. Little did he know then that he'd still be at it today and be as involved in the music industry as he is. (And he wanted to be a teacher)
He has served as MC or Co-MC for numerous events, including the 1994 "Original Georgia Prophets Reunion" with Billy Scott, Barbara Scott Goudy & Janet Helm, 2007 - 2010 Charleston Beach Music & Shag Festival, North Tower Band's 30th Reunion, Lost in Paradise Beach Blast, Boogie on Broad Concert Series, Arbor Day Festival in Norwood, NC, NC Cotton Festival in Dunn, NC, other various beach music concerts, fundraisers, CD Release Parties and numerous CBMA events. He was also tapped to be the MC and opening act for the Americana Tour featuring Gospel Music's award winners, The Dove Brothers along with The Carolina Soul Band.
In 1989 after working for others in the DJ business, he struck out on his own with a loan from the bank to buy out his business partner. The two-year note was paid off in 18 months! That was the creation of Carolina Sounds Entertainment and two months later, The Carolina Sounds Beach Show on WLLN-AM in Lillington, NC. WLLN changed formats and the show wound up on WBZB-AM in Selma, NC where it aired for several years on Saturday afternoons. After leaving WBZB, Butch was off the air for a couple of years, but stayed busy in the mobile and club DJ business.
With the budding popularity of Internet Radio, Butch and his show could be heard on Live365 for several years, then at the invitation of long time friend, and Band of Oz founder, Keith Houston, took the show to the newly created Southern Soul dot com, until they merged with another Internet radio company. During this same time period, September 2008 to be exact, The Carolina Sounds Beach Show also went back to the radio airwaves on WODR-FM, COOL 105.3 in Whiteville, NC. Sadly, COOL was sold and the format changed on December 15, 2015. At that time, Butch was the last original member of The COOL CREW. The show is now in syndication on several radio stations in NC & SC and has received several CBMA nominations for "Syndicated Radio Show of the Year".
Butch has been nominated many times for the CBMA's "Club & Mobile DJ of the Year" and won in 2001. In 2014 he permanently withdrew his name from this category for consideration.
Butch has played music and sung all over North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia for various types of events, from weddings to birthdays to grand openings to open houses to holiday parties to pool parties, to...well, you name it....
In 2012 Butch was inducted into the Beach Music Radio Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame.
Not only does Butch spin the tunes, he sings as well in his DJ shows, paying tribute to artists like Buddy Holly, The Showmen, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Clovers, Big Joe Turner, Oak Ridge Boys, George Strait, Conway Twitty, and of course, Elvis Presley. In 1995 he co-produced and sang back up vocals on Billy Scott's 1995 Cammy Award Winning "Don't Let Go". In the Spring of 2000, he was a member of the Shama Lama Choir on the Bill Lyerly-Griff collaboration "Banging In The Dunes". He has also had the pleasure of "sitting in" with some of the biggest names in Beach Music such as The Embers, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, Sea-Cruz, Bill Lyerly Band, Holiday Band, Coco Loco Party Band, Attractions, Fantastic Shakers, Coastline Band, Sand Band and others. In fact, for six months, Butch was a member of The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, filling in with them in 2014.
He has also opened up for national and regional artists like Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, Bill Pinkney & The Original Drifters, Chairmen of the Board, Tams, North Tower Band, Band of Oz, Catalinas, Too Much Sylvia, Part Time Party Time Band, Castaways, Nantucket and many others.
On The Personal Side
Favorite Foods: Italian (especially tiramisu); Chicken - Wings, BBQ'ed, Fried;
A good filet mignon every now and then
Favorite Drink: Sweet Tea (Trying to cut back, but it's hard)
Favorite Cologne: Polo Black
Favorite Colors: Blue, Black and Red
Favorite Getaway Place: Anywhere near the water
Favorite "Out of the Way" Eatery: Bisqit in Pawley's Island, SC
Pet Peeves: Overinflated egos; Tardiness; Rudeness
First Song Played on Radio: Summertime's Calling Me by the Catalinas
(This is also my all time favorite Beach Music song)
Personal Influences: My parents & Jesus
Musical Influences: There are way too many too mention, but to start with all the groups in Beach Music and Southern Gospel I've seen and/or worked with over the years. I honestly feel I have learned something from all of them. Also, I have to mention Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Jackie Wilson
and William Lee Golden.
Favorite Singers & Groups: Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Johnnie Taylor, Temptations, Four Tops, Angel Rissoff, Tams, Tower of Power, Johnny Maestro, Oak Ridge Boys, Conway Twitty, Ronnie McDowell, George Strait, Patsy Cline, Candi Staton, Mel Carter, Sarah Vaughan, The Glorymen, The Dove Brothers, JD Sumner & The Stamps, The Imperials, Cathedrals, Hovie Lister and The Statesmen and the list goes on and on........
A fact that you may not know: I am a long time fan and collector of Doo Wop and Southern Gospel Music. In fact the first time I ever sang in public was in church. I sang a song called "The Third Man".