Butch Walker is one of pop’s best kept secrets, producing songs and hit albums for artists like Katy Perry (One of the Boys), Avril Lavigne (Under My Skin), Pete Yorn, Pink, Fall Out Boy, and even Lindsay Lohan. But when he’s not working the control board, the 40-year-old Georgia native writes and records his own music — tunes with wry but heartfelt lyrics and subtle pop hooks.
While on tour in support of his latest release, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, Walker dropped by SPIN HQ with his four-piece band the Black Widows to a play stripped down set, lending even more intimacy to his catchy ballads.
The outfit sang five-part harmonies on “Trash Day,” built to Walker’s operatic vocal lead on “Pretty Melody,” and slowed down for the back porch love ditty “Don’t You Think Someone Should Take You Home.”
They capped the acoustic set with a banjolin-led take on Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” which sounded like it could’ve been a previously unreleased Walker original. High praise, indeed.
Watch the performance below, and tell us what you think in the comment section.