Banana Joe Video

filmed on location at Live Aqua Cancun Mexico

Slip your toes in the sand and grab a Mexican beer, Butch R. Baker has just released his newest Gulf Rock tune Banana Joe. Filled up with steel drums and a laid-back attitude, Banana Joe is the musical equivalent of an oversized Hawaiian shirt. It tells the transformative story of a snowy young Joseph turned sun-tanned, lush, and lively. With age he becomes known as Banana Joe, and is finally living the life he always dreamed of. This tune has all of the stellar and silly qualities you would come to expect with Gulf Rock, including some smooth guitar solos and beach whistles. The melodies are exceptionally song-like and easy on the ears. Baker’s voice fits the style like a glove, and carries the tune with ease. With the release of Banana Joe, Butch R. Baker puts a strong flip flop forward and gives listeners a dreamy good time. – Zachary Larson

Strongest Point(s): Banana Joe is proudly and loudly Gulf Rock. It takes all of its familiar qualities and puts them on full display. This genre can get eye rolls from some pickier listeners, but it is nothing short of a fun and responsibility-free vacation. Baker lays into the fun by adding some musical quotations parrot-heads are sure to gawk over, and keeps the energy light the entire time.

Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Gulf Rock, Soft Rock, and Adult Contemporary will enjoy Banana Joe by Butch R. Baker.

Artist target suggestions: Jimmy Buffett, Muster Point Project, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Phish, Zap & The Wires, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, Steve Miller Band, The Beach Boys 

About The Reviewer: Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver. 

Happy Holidays

Here the latest Single…. click below

Gearing up for the holiday season, Butch R. Baker has released his lovely new tune Love is the Holidays. This new piece of Adult Contemporary is propped up by a smooth groove and saxophone for a sound that is welcoming and inviting. It piques the listener’s senses through images of fireplaces, melting snow puddles, and sweets. The excitement of the season is most evident in the chorus where Baker stands strongly with a catchy melody. Baker sings with a sweet, colloquial charm that draws you in from the cold. His enthusiasm shines through and emphasizes the tune’s spirit. It reaches its peak festiveness with a sleigh bell-heavy instrumental break before diving into the final chorus. All in all, Love is the Holidays is a heartwarming new holiday tune by Butch R. Baker that spreads love and cheer. 

Strongest Point(s): The chorus in Love is the Holidays is very catchy and memorable. The melody has a nice shape that goes exactly where you would like it to. It is perfectly fitting for an Adult Contemporary or Soft Rock tune. Each line is answered by either the sax or keys, making for an intriguing listen.

Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, and Christmas Music will enjoy Butch R. Baker’s new tune Love is the Holidays.

Artist target suggestions: Billy Joel, Dr. SasT, Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, John Cougar Mellencamp, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Gordon Michaels, Simon & Garfunkel

Go Ahead, Ignore me!

Butch R. Baker has released his new original holiday tune Christmas Is Coming. Guitars gently groove with the sounds laughter to welcome listeners into Baker’s winter wonderland. The tune establishes a foundational sound most fitting in the world of classic and soft rock and thrives in that familiarity. Sung with ease, the lyrics touch on the joy of an in-person Christmas with family and friends. Layered with extra instrumentation and sounds, the tune features a colorful surplus of thrills and excitement. The added laughter and overall easy-listening nature of the song give the impression of a large family gathering before a big meal. Overall, Christmas Is Coming by Butch R. Baker is a very fun and colorful new tune that provides a warmth for this holiday season. – Zackary Larson


Butch R. Baker takes listeners down to Cabo with his new tune Coke & Tequila. Featuring a Rock groove drenched in Reggae vibes, Coke & Tequila has a sound that fans of Gulf Rock will welcome with open arms. Telling a story of potential infidelity and bad decisions, the lyrics name coke & tequila as the savior for a groom’s primal impulses. While containing serious subject matter, the lyrics should be taken lightly as this truly is a tune about booze. They are sung with an easy going attitude and an overall sense of fun. Baker makes use of terrifically catchy melodies and ensures the tune will stay in your head longer than any tequila-induced hangover ever could. Overall, Coke & Tequila by Butch R. Baker is a fun and enjoyable listen that pairs perfectly with the beach front and any drink with a tiny umbrella.

ZACHARY LARSON – Radio Airplay

Zachary Larson is a professional touring guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured as a classical chamber musician, onboard luxury cruises, and with the Broadway musicals Finding Neverland and Escape To Margaritaville. His recorded work spans from classical works and pop tunes, to mind-bending experimental music. His arrangements of orchestral music are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver. Watch his video here:

Announcing the Wailing Sailors Show

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The Wailing Sailor show is:

Butch R Baker As a musical artist transplanted from c-c-cold Minneapolis, living in Ocala FLA now and developing a new show called Butch R Baker & the Wailing Sailors!

The show has two options:

Option A: is the full band

Option B: is solo act with guitars and the band-in-the-box!

Butch in Jax Beach Margaritaville Hotel lobby

Original Music is in the style or Jimmy Buffett and the Wailing Sailors show combines some of the best songs from Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Van Morrison & Butch R Baker!  

The Wailing Sailors song list is: 

  • Margaritaville- Jimmy Buffett 
  • Vacation Vacation-Haelig (Original Buffett style)
  • Banana Joe – Haelig/Baker- (Original Buffett style)
  • Is This Love – Bob Marley 
  • Changes in Latitudes – Jimmy Buffett 
  • Samba Pa Ti – Santana 
  • Aloha Bill – Butch R Baker (Original in Buffett Pencil Thin Mustache style)
  • Volcano- Jimmy Buffett 
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor – Jimmy Buffett 
  • Gimme that Sun Fun Sun – Baker Haelig (Original Beach Boys style)
  • It’s Five O’clock Somewhere-Alan Jackson 
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley 
  • Coke n Tequila – Butch R Baker
  • Southern Cross – CSN (Buffett covered it too)
  • Walking on the Moonlight – Butch R Baker (Neil Young inspired)
  • Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley 
  • Pencil Thin Mustache – Jimmy Buffett 
  • Green Green Grass of September – Butch R Baker (Original Van Morrison style)
  • Banana Republic – Steve Goodman (Jimmy Covered too)
  • Coming Of Age – Butch r Baker (last single is a bit of a renaissance Zeppelin thing)
  • Come Monday – Jimmy Buffett 
  • In My Mind’s Eye – Butch R Baker (Brit Pop single)
  • What’s That Noise – Haelig, Baker, Notturno (Livingston Saturday Night style)
  • When the Leaves Come Falling Down – Van Morrison

It’s a great list with crowd pleasers and ear worms!  Coke N Tequila will sell drinks!

Here is where you can hear some of the original toons.

Watch the Around the Show is 8 Minutes video here on my website present on the right panel. Watch the other videos accessible here on my website

This one is a fan favorite:
Coke n Tequila Original Song by Butch r Baker – YouTube

The show is in development and you can see from the Woodstock show the strength of my productions . 

I look forward to hearing from you and getting moved up to full consideration of bringing my act to you!

Enjoy listening!

Butch  —

New Edit of Christmas is coming rated Top 40 for Holiday Music in USA n1m

Christmas Is Coming by Butch R. Baker is a very fun and colorful new tune that provides a warmth for this holiday season. … Given the isolation we have all experienced over the last two years, this song exhibits the excitement many are feeling as they get ready to see family and friends again in person. – Zachary Larson (Radio Airplay)

  • #1 for Holiday in Minnesota
  • #28 for Holiday in USA

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