The Teen Beat Interview with Bob Butcher

The following questions were culled from vintage Teen Beat interviews, circa mid-1980s. Xpress poses them to local music stars.

Mountain Xpress: How did you get into music?
Bob Butcher, bassist with rock bands Unit 50 and A Few Brave Souls: I can hardly remember a time when I didn’t want to be a musician. I started with piano lessons when I was five or so, then took up cornet for school band, and then in high school I got my first bass, a red Epiphone hollow body.  My older brother left several albums from 1960s greats home one year from school, and I played those albums until they practically wore out. Beatles, Byrds, Stones, Cream. From that point on, playing and singing for an appreciative audience (coffeehouse, bar, arena, stadium: No matter) was my life’s dream.

Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you want to be?
A: An astronaut, but not one who drives cross country in a diaper to abduct my love rival.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Better practice ethic.

Q: Tell us about your car.
A: It’s a gold Acura TL, a cozy ride, good for my other career: Sales.  If I ever land that big record deal, I’ll get a Porsche Boxster.

Q: Are you going to play a show in Tulsa?
A: Sure, but let’s wait until their ice goes away, okay?

Q: Who do you consider to be very cool?
A: Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers: very talented, understated, a rock and roll legend. John Hiatt: incredible stage presence, a fine storyteller. Jimi Hendrix: just flat out amazing.

Q: Do you have a crush on anyone?
A: Liz Phair.

Q: What was the most perfect gift you ever received?
A: My daughter, now 22 and in graduate school. She’s amazing.

Q: What was the nicest thing you’ve ever done for your mom on Mother’s Day?
A: Drove 800 miles overnight to surprise her with a visit.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Motorcycling, home recording.

Q: Describe your perfect day.
A: Sleep in, wake to savour a great pot of coffee, ride my motorcycle most of the afternoon, and play a gig that night.

Q: What’s something you refuse to eat?
A: Brussel sprouts and raw oysters.

Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your life, what would that word be?
A: Serendipitous.

Q: Do you have any messages for all your loyal fans?
A: Support local music: Come out and rock the house with your favorite local bands!

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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