The Tennessee Iron band is the culmination of Butch’s lifelong musical dream. The band has been playing since 2007, originally crafting and honing the songs under the name Main Drive Gear.
With over 25,000 fans worldwide and over 1300 fan club members on Jango, the response has been outstanding from 46 countries. Ready to take it to the next level, more live show dates and a new album release will be announced soon. Check back often for updates!
Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Master Motorcycle Mechanic are but a few of the titles that can be applied to the man who is the founder and voice of the band’s music. The skills, virtue, and talent that Butch has are the heart of Tennessee Iron. A native born Tennessean, Butch has traveled the country experiencing music and people. He writes from a lifetime of experiences and a deep, caring, understanding of others. A straight-forward attitude with no agenda makes him a valued friend to know and garners respect for him by those who come to know him.
A musician since a youth, Butch started on drums before moving to keyboards. Butch’s first professional band experience was at age 15, playing keyboards. Over time, and other bands, his vocals developed and matured. A deep inner desire to express himself more fully led to developing skills on guitar, an instrument on which Butch is self-taught. But don’t let that mislead you, as the quality of the guitar playing is there and is a delightful force to be encountered.
The songs are crafted with the same skill that Butch applies as a master mechanic. The saying every song has a message is very true of Tennessee Iron’s songs. From the story of “Ol’ John,” a look at how homeless veterans are often treated in the world, to the driving drums on “Nobody Wants you,” positive messages abound.
The power of Tennessee Iron's rhythm section is undeniable. Chief’s driving bass establishes a link between harmony and rhythm and is always heard and felt. A musician since youth like his band mates, Chief is an accomplished Bass and Guitar player. Originally a guitarist, Chief moved to bass and quickly developed a strong solid style all his own that brings the boogie of Tennessee Iron to life.
When he is not playing, working, or riding, Chief often likes to get into the woods and hills of Tennessee to enjoy nature.
He is a motorcycle mechanic and has developed a growing following for his quality of work. He is also developing a following for his strong steady stage presence and driving bass playing.
As the other half of the driving rhythm section, Carlene’s drumming is inspired power. Just because she's a girl, don't let that fool ya! Here tasty drum fills and strong driving snare will argue otherwise. Offered a scholarship as a youth to college as a musician, Carlene pursued a career in nursing initially and is currently a Registered Nurse working locally in a skilled nursing facility as the Assistant Director of Nursing. Now she has come full circle, returning back to her musical roots and is providing the heartbeat of Tennessee Iron.
Carlene has been and is the conscience of Tennessee Iron. She is the steady, strong, powerful force organizing the events held at the shop. The band tries to help by hosting charity auctions, playing music for benefit donations and helping those who are struggling in our community. Those who attend are amazed by the quality and power of the band, and it is the power of the drums that is very often mentioned first.
Often a sounding board for Butch’s writing, Carlene provides valuable input on songs being written and developed.