April 12, 2005

Song of the Week: Jonathan Butler – “Fire and Rain”

j_butler.jpgWhether singing the songs of Bob Marley or here with smooth jazz icon James Taylor, guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Butler has no problem making someone else’s song his own. Butler’s vocals can be both tender and masculine at the same time, the slight break in his voice adding even more poignancy. Of course, Butler’s gospel tendencies (his most recent album is praiseworthy) come through with the backgroung choir and a special emphasis on the classic line “look down upon me Jesus.”

Taylor’s classic is born again.

The song is the first single from Buter's upcoming CD called Jonathan. It's due May 17 via Rendezvous Music.

Posted by Brian Soergel at April 12, 2005 2:29 PM