Butte La Rose
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Butte La Rose


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The band, Butte La Rose, summons the quintessential southern roots sound that is prevalent throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. The sound brings to mind moss covered oak trees lining a bayou back road where a rundown honky tonk blasts its music into the night. The hard country, swamp pop, zydeco, blues, and southern rock influences are clear in the song stylings of the young singer/songwriter Reed Luckett Wiley. Butte La Rose was founded in 2004 and originally consisted of three members. Reed Luckett Wiley pounding out hard-driving acoustic rhythms along with stylized finger picking while singing lead vocals accompanied by his brother, Cooper Wiley, blowing a hard-edged harmonica, picking mandolin, slide guitar, and singing harmony. The brothers have played music since they were very young following their father’s influence into music stylings they came to love and play so well. The third member is a young lady by the name of Brooke Seguin who supplies the beautiful harmonies equal in power only to the likes of Emmy Lou Harris. Leslie Van Trease formerly of the band, Remy Zero, decided to produce and play on the EP demo recording “The Rose Mountain” after reviewing a demo submitted by Reed Luckett Wiley of the songs he had written and performed with Butte La Rose. Leslie envisioned the hard-driving emotion evoking southern country rock sound tailor made for Reed’s songs and is present in the power of the recording, “The Rose Mountain”. If you are lucky enough to retain a copy of this recording, you will bear witness to the beginnings of what could be an undeniable force in the music genre of alternative country. The name of Butte La Rose was obtained from an exit off Interstate 10 into the Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. Open the cover of “The Rose Mountain” and take a trip down that dusty Louisiana back road. - The Times


The Rose Moutain

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All my life I have been around music. My first few memories are of my Dad's band practicing in the living room. As time, passed the 80's came smashing into my life, and I ran to grab the closest White Snake album. My father took it from my hands and said here is Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, and on and on. I was one angry young man. At a school guys would be chatting of great Van Halen guitar solos and girls of Madonna. Who was I going to talk Tom Waits with? NOBODY!
I rejected music at first. I sold my guitar for a bike at the age of 7. I sold my drums for cash at 13. I started playing football. I was a jock, and about as far away from being a musician as one could be. The dream of playing professional football came to a crashing halt because of genetics. I was lost for a bit. I moved away from my hometown for a girl. I changed my degree from Computer Graphics to Theatre.
It is at this point in the story I met Brooke. And I met Cooper a while back because we popped out the same mom.
I picked up my dads old guitar one day on a visit to Lafayette. I had spare time at school and started playing. I heard Ryan Adams and Emmylou sing 'My Sweet Carolina'. I realized that all of the music my dad had spoon fed me over the years shaped the way I hear music. I knew what I wanted to do. I had been writing and playing for 4 years and kept saying I was going to start playing live for the longest time. Then Brooke took my little 4 track album called El Royal (I was doing my best Nebraska meets Dust Bowl Ballads imitation) and sent it to a booking agent. He booked me. I knew Brooke could sing because we had messed around with it before and I and Coop had been playing together for a while. So we named ourselves after one my favorite spots in all of Louisiana, Butte La Rose.