WHO IS LARRY BUTLER?

At the Papagayo Club in St. Tropez, France, late '60s

At the Papagayo Club in St. Tropez, France, late '60s

Larry Butler has devoted his entire life to the music business, specializing in live performance and touring, artist management and publishing.  He played keyboards in Ohio bands during high school and college, also serving as band manager and lead singer. While still in college, he was a successful nightclub owner and local concert promoter in Cincinnati.  

Larry next moved to Los Angeles to begin working as tour manager for such artists as Randy Newman and Ry Cooder. He then took on an international tour for Isaac Hayes, which included the first-ever performances for mixed-race audiences in South Africa. Following the tour, he accompanied Isaac and his band into the studio for his post-Shaft comeback album.

Soon after, Larry began working out of the Warner Bros. Records home office in Burbank as the in-house tour manager for new artists, bringing professionalism to their staging, performance techniques and touring logistics. Those efforts led to full-time positions - first as National College Manager, then Artist Development Director, and finally as VP of Artist Relations. 

 

With Bono and The Edge in 1980 or so with KTIM/San Rafael CA Music Director Belle Nolan

With Bono and The Edge in 1980 or so with KTIM/San Rafael CA Music Director Belle Nolan

With Faith Hill at a promo tour stop in the '90s

With Faith Hill at a promo tour stop in the '90s

Larry spent the next 20+ years touring with an unrivaled roster of talent, and was honored twice by PollStar Magazine as Artist Development Executive of the year.

Although Larry's focus at Warner Bros. was to utilize touring appearances and live performances to sell records, he also took the time to coach many young artists in the craft and art of performance, staging and media relations. 

 

From there, he joined Bill Silva Management in Los Angeles as General Manager where he coordinated the projects of the firm’s managers and artists. He also organized and ran Jason Mraz’s book and music publishing during the wild run of “I’m Yours.”

Simultaneously, he served as day-to-day manager for BSM client Robert Francis through his Atlantic Records signing and subsequent #1 single and touring success in Europe. 

 

Backstage with Jason Mraz on Broadway after his starring performance in "Waitress" in late 2017

Backstage with Jason Mraz on Broadway after his starring performance in "Waitress" in late 2017

Waiting with Stevie Nicks on the tarmac at some Midwest private airport during The Dance Tour in 1997

Waiting with Stevie Nicks on the tarmac at some Midwest private airport during The Dance Tour in 1997

 

 Larry now heads up his own Did It Music Management and Consultancy from the relative security and serenity of the Nashville area. His focus these days is on teaching young singer/songwriters in the art of becoming entertainers. He is also affiliated with ASCAP as a songwriter and music publisher.  

 

And be sure to go to @larryfromohio on Twitter each day at 9am Central to read one of 365 inspirational and informative quotes from the singer/songwriters and country music stars of today and yesterday.

 

With Madonna at a rare instore signing at Virgin Sunset in LA in September 2000