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Martin John Butler: Bio

BIO: MARTIN JOHN BUTLER: NYC recording artist, singer/songwriter/guitarist/music teacher was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., lived in London until four years old, attended Lincoln High School and Brooklyn College. At the age of six, was a soloist in the NY All City chorus, and was featured and recorded at Brooklyn Technical High School with the chorus as backup at nine years old for an educational PBS program. Growing up in Brooklyn, near the NBC television studios, Martin John attended tapings of many of NBC's classic variety shows. Seeing many of America's greatest musical artists live. At fifteen years old, met Johnny Cash, who encouraged him to continue in music. Martin's first band Triton became popular in Brooklyn, won Lincoln High School's Battle of the Bands and at sixteen years old, played a sold out Cafe Wha' in New York's Greenwich Village, and had a weekend residency at Dodgers Bar, a well known Blues/Jazz club at the time in downtown Brooklyn.

Martin's next band Pandora, was a Glam/Slam band that played in the NY area, most notably at Max's Kansas City. Pandora featured future stars, drummer Frankie LaRocca, (Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, John Waite, David Johansen Band, music producer of the movie Philadelphia), bassist Buzzy Verno, ( David Johansen Band, Cherry Vanilla) and vocalist Ric Prince (Plum Nelly, Mick Jones). Arf Arf records "posthumously" released an album of a demo Pandora recorded in a Cleveland, Ohio loft when Martin John was nineteen, to acclaim in Rolling Stone and a cult following online.

After Pandora, Martin John formed The Demons with singer Eliot Kidd, originally featuring Heartbreakers guitarist Walter Lure. The Demons were part of the first wave of Punk bands playing at CBGB. Temporarily managed by Hilly Crystal, they recorded a Live at CBGB vol. II that was never released, that led to The Demons signing with Mercury Records.

Their debut album was produced by Craig Leon, (Ramones, Blondie). Their album, "The Demons" sold 250,000 copies and reached Billboard's number one in 11 states, but the untimely death of drummer Mike Rappoport, and incarceration of singer Eliot Kidd on drug charges led to Mercury dropping them from the label. The Demons shared friendships and bills with legendary NYC groups, The New York Dolls, Blondie, Mink Deville, The Ramones, The Dictators, Patti Smith, Television and many other great NYC bands.

After The Demons' demise, Martin John began a solo career, writing and producing music for radio and television. His songs were used in many TV shows, including Wiseguy, the A-Team and Walker, Texas Ranger, eventually winning a CLIO award, and RIAA Best Radio Commercial as a writer/producer.

Martin John then formed The Very Few with ex-Demon, Bob Jones and Escalators/Robert Fripp drummer Paul Duskin, playing such legendary New York venues as Max's Kansas City, Privates, The Mudd Club and CBGB's. The Very Few did a five song EP for Epic Records when once again, personal tragedy forced the band to break up. Martin John began teaching music privately throughout a ten year battle with a life threatening illness, emerging as a singer/songwriter/producer with a solo CD, "Watching The Days Fall" in 2007. His song "Wait For Nothing" was featured in the compilation CD "Day One", the proceeds going to first responders of the 9/11 tragedy.

Martin John continues teaching guitar as company director of The Rock & Roll Schoolhouse. Married in 2012 to yoga teacher, reflexologist, Janet Dailey, a former Atlantic Records recording artist with The Pleasure Bombs, they are currently forming a new Americana/Folk Rock band called The Butlers, featuring NY guitarist Jon Bendis. Martin John did a solo set in October, 2014 at the Antique Archaeology site in Nashville, where the hit TV show American Pickers is filmed, performed at the last Max's Kansas City reunion June 2015, and is currently working on The Butlers first release.

Martin John's YouTube channel features live performances and demonstrations of recording gear. He's been featured on the live radio show The Heartland's Hayride, and will continue to play in NYC clubs.

More information and music can be found at www.martinjohnbutler.com

Discography: The Demons- Mercury Records (1978)

Martin Butler - "Watching the Days Fall"- Riverside Drive records, (2007)

Day One - "Wait For Nothing" - benefit for 9/11 first responders - Moon Records (2007)

Pandora - "Space Amazon" - Arf Arf Records (2010)

The Naam Music Project - New Mantra - Riverside Drive Records (2014)