Jon Butcher Axis: Axis 3

Published on May 29th, 2013


John Butcher Axis
 Axis 3

Boston, MA

“Vibrant and energetic”

When you think of a guitar slinging front man “rocking out” with a Fender Stratocaster, you typically think of someone like Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn. One other name also comes to mind—Jon Butcher.

Axis 3 is a great package that includes a variety of Butcher classics both old and new; kicking off with the lively “Ocean in Motion,” followed by familiar greats, “Holy War,” “Wishes,” and an enjoyable, comparable remake of the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Axis: Bold as Love.”

There is no question that Butcher’s abilities to deliver as a top-notch recording artist/performer have not lost any steps. Axis 3 is an electric vibration; Butcher’s robust vocals and silky, vibrant guitars are glued together by drummer Muzz, and bassist Chris Martin’s solid performances.

The virtual “side two” includes new songs “Sentinel,” a ‘Jeff Beck-ish’ instrumental; groovy, hypnotic “Dog Days,” and “Old Atlanta,” a melancholy country ditty that takes you back to early American folklore. The surprising twist is a pleasant finale of Butcher’s smoky/jazzy and intimate remake of the classic “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”

One might not expect to find Butcher on the other side of the curtain, but he is a definite candidate to pull the strings—all six of them, that is—with or without electricity and an amplifier. Axis 3 commands your attention as you find yourself reaching for the knob to turn up the volume. A must have, and highly delectable treat for any music lover.


Produced by Jon Butcher/Electric Music Factory/Executive Producer Dr. Chris Martin
Recorded at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA and Bang a Song Studios, Gloucester, MA,
by Tony Goddess, and Jen Morrison. Mixed at Q Division by Matt Beaudoin
Mastered by Jeff Lipton, and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA

About the Author

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Arthur Orfanos founded the Boston area band The Mood in 1983 with the late Richard Pontes (1962-1996).

In 1995, Arthur co-produced the band’s first full length CD: The Mood Live from the Boston Tea Party with multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Producer/Engineer Jim Lightman… songs from “Live from the Boston Tea Party” appeared on the soundtrack of the film: 3 Days… 3 Hours… 3 Minutes… 3 Seconds… – Triple Sticks Productions 1999.

During 2000-2001, The Mood began performing as “New England’s Premier” Pink Floyd tribute show .

Currently Arthur is a freelance music critic and writer; he has written a book, “Tribute: The Dark Side of The Mood” which exposes the biggest act of music piracy in history, exposing insider information about the theft of Pink Floyd committed by a Kurzweil employee/professor from Berklee College of Music.

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