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wilb55 ,

More from an Extraordinary Hoosier

I admit I’m one of the corn-fed ones, so I can say honestly it's surprising to find someone speaking out in Indy when the truth may not get them much recognition at home. Butch Castetter treats some of the social, political, and economic issues of life in the Midwest (not to mention the rest of the country) with a clear-eyed vision of the events we are dealing with now, like addiction and the PTSD of an Iraqi vet (These Ruts Get Deep), privacy (Hey Big Brother) and unemployment (Please Call Me). Butch's songs on 419 North reveal the shock of betrayal (The Ides of March) and the problem of criticizing a manipulative woman (She's good lookin') - "That's all I'm gonna say!" You might think, oh, here’s more folk music with a message, but the songs have a solid footing in rock and blues, and he doesn’t come across as someone who takes himself too seriously. Listening to Butch reminds me of the joy I get from listening to John Prine's best stuff. Listen to this CD a while and you'll find yourself rocking and ready to move on to more of his tunes (if so, try Swim Real Fast, his first CD). Let's hope Butch "Beats the Odds" like the survivors in his song by that name, and has the success he deserves with his songs from 419 North.