GRAMMY-nominated producer and singer/songwriter Butch Walker recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Walker discussed how his work as a producer rejuvenated his interest in music and afforded opportunities to explore his "guilty pleasures," among other topics. He also performed a brief set, including the title track from his 2013 EP, Peachtree Battle.
"One thing that [producing] allowed me to do is get out a lot of my guilty pleasures," said Walker. "It was a nice outlet for me to go into a room and all of a sudden make this pop record for somebody, or this metal record. … I appreciated it, and loved it, and really soaked it all up."
After early stints in bands including pop/metal group SouthGang and alt-rock trio Marvelous 3, Georgia native Walker released his debut solo album, Left Of Self-Centered, in 2002, which featured a guest appearance by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. He followed with 2004's Letters, 2006's The Rise And Fall Of Butch Walker And The Let's-Go-Out-Tonites and 2008's Sycamore Meadows. Walker's most recent releases with his band the Black Widows include 2010's I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart and 2011's The Spade. The latter album reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
Released in September 2013, Peachtree Battle peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The EP features five tracks, including the title track, "Let It Go Where It's Supposed To" and "Coming Home."
As a songwriter and producer, Walker has collaborated with artists such as Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Panic! At The Disco, Katy Perry, Pink, and Keith Urban, among others. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, Walker garnered his first career GRAMMY nomination for Album Of The Year for co-producing Taylor Swift's 2013 album Red.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Record Theater: The Beatles' Second Album (Capitol 2080) In Mono (June 3), Reel To Reel: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (June 16) and The Drop: John Fullbright (June 30).