Dave Boutette
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Dave Boutette

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"A Fun Ride"

“From its cracked cabaret start to the Salvation Army march of its endearing title track ("Bring me back as a bird and I'll sing all day"), The Piccolo Heart exhibits a rare sense of musical and lyrical humor that is not only refreshingly original and most welcome, it is entirely infectious. Like Tom Waits without the early years of bourbon and the latter years of brimstone, Boutette's crafty songs intermittently creep up or pounce on you. Either way, you're along for a fun ride." Mike Jurkovic - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange


"Refreshing"

Pop vocalist Dave Boutette fuses a sort of classic folk feel ala Woodie Guthrie or early Dylan with kisses of modern alt folk edginess and a touch of crooner blues. The result is unique and refreshing, with music that lets you pay attention to the wonderful stories while experiencing them in subtly non traditional singer/songwriter fashions. You can also think of Tom Waits without the gruff voice. Songs like “Waltz For Smelt,” “Dime In Hand” and “New Parade” cast perspective on his  talents. Music that is catchy, honest and enjoyable as well as being skillfully crafted. - Music Morsels


"Fermi Tutti!"

Fermi tutti! Abbiamo tra le mani un bel disco. Niente di cui stupirsi, dite? Non sappiamo a cosa siate abituati ultimamente, ma se prima di pronunciarvi vi esponeste al knock-out di Dime in Hand e Love Won't Go Away, che aprono The Piccolo Heart, forse cambiereste idea. La prima sembra un outtake da The Sons of Intemperance Offering, gioiello dilaniato di Phil Cody che brillò in mezzo al rumore degli anni '90...La parola capolavoro non ci piace: se ne abusa e se ne è perso il senso. Questo poi in fondo è solo un album capace di scaldare i cuori stretti dal gelo di questi freddi giorni… Decidete voi, se vi può bastare. Noi possiamo solo consigliarvelo. - Roots Highway


"Mischievous & Heartfelt"

"There's an honesty in his voice that's genuinely comforting; he finishes each line with an exclamation point that's confident without coming off as smug, putting him somewhere in between Alex Chilton and Elvis Costello. Boutette's a songwriter that relieves the Midwest of its tendency to spew forth an endless sea of singer/songwriter banality, replacing its tired clichés with protagonists that are as mischievous as they are heartfelt.” - All Music Guide


"Boutette Gone Acoustic"

“After years of playing with Detroit rock band the Junk Monkeys, Boutette has abandoned his Les Paul and gone acoustic. The results are effective - not affected - particularly in the lyrics. His subject matter ranges from barroom-style celebration to songs of loss - loss of time, even the loss of his band - rendered skillfully enough so as to be genuinely moving to the listener.” - HOUR Detroit


"Subtle, Beautiful, Brilliance"

“With all the fun, it would be easy to miss that Boutette’s carefully distilled lyrics sparkle with a subtle, beautiful brilliance.” - Ann Arbor Current


"Charming"

“Dave Boutette is an optimistic songwriter, charming and funny in an easy, casual way. He’s nostalgic, looking at the past and at times of transition with an eye for vivid detail.” - Ann Arbor Observer


"Icing"

“One thing about Dave Boutette - he has a way with words, a talent that's more than evident on his latest CD, "The Piccolo Heart.'' That the local folk-rocker is as skilled a musician as he is a songwriter is just icing on this particular cake. Boutette, with work shaped by the likes of Dylan, Westerberg, Guthrie, Costello and Prine, is one of those guys who will probably wind up being cited as an influence by the next generation of singer-songwriters.” - Ann Arbor News


Discography

The Piccolo Heart is out now on the Embassy Hotel Records label. It is a fully realized twelve song testament to Boutette’s commitment to writing and songcraft, blending many schools of American roots and popular music into a unique and accessible statement on love and all that comes with it. Recorded and produced by Adam Druckman.

“One thing about Dave Boutette - he has a way with words, a talent that's more than evident on his latest CD, "The Piccolo Heart.'' That the local folk-rocker is as skilled a musician as he is a songwriter is just icing on this particular cake. Boutette, with work shaped by the likes of Dylan, Westerberg, Guthrie, Costello and Prine, is one of those guys who will probably wind up being cited as an influence by the next generation of singer-songwriters.” Roger LeLievre, Ann Arbor News

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“There's an honesty in his voice that's genuinely comforting; he finishes each line with an exclamation point that's confident without coming off as smug, putting him somewhere in between Alex Chilton and Elvis Costello. Boutette's a songwriter that relieves the Midwest of its tendency to spew forth an endless sea of singer/songwriter banality, replacing its tired clichés with protagonists that are as mischievous as they are heartfelt.” All Music Guide

“Boutette’s genial temperament and taste make each song durable, and he baits his hooks like a Zen trout fishing master.” Ann Arbor News

Whether banging out a set of saloon songs at some Michigan watering hole, or settling back for an evening of tunes at a fire ring afterward, Dave Boutette will hold his listeners as long as they keep the lights on or until the rain starts. Stories, observations, advice, or 50/50 raffles are as apt to appear during a performance as are his songs. As they come the songs testify to the power of true love, hope, rebirth, snow plows, and migrating fish. If you get the chance, stand next to Boutette. Beside feeling taller than you actually are, you may start to see some things around you in an entirely new light.

A Little History

Before stepping out on his own, Boutette spent ten years with the Detroit-based alterna-rock bar kings The Junk Monkeys. The band toured the nation like crazy, supporting acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish, while recording under the Warner Bros./Metal Blade label from 1990-93.

In recent years Boutette has performed at many Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio venues including
The Acoustic Avenue Cafe Series
The Ark
The Barking Spider
The Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
The Blind Pig
Borders Books and Music stores
The Cadieux Cafe
The Crooked Tree Arts Center
The Inside Out Gallery
Kejara’s Bridge
MAMA’s Coffehouse
Memphis Smoke
The BOB-Grand Rapids
The Wealthy Theatre
The White Crow Music Conservatory
The Trinity House Theatre
Horizon Books
Schuler Books and Music
Uncommon Ground.

Music and community festivals Dave has performed at include:
The Ann Arbor Art Fair
Ann Arbor’s Top of the Park Series
The Dearborn Homecoming Festival
The Grand Marais Songwriters Festival
Milford Memories
The Muskegon Summer Celebration.

In addition to live radio performances on WDET, WNMC, WYCE, and WCSX, Dave has also been a featured artist on the Detroit Underground television series.

Boutette is among a number of Michigan artists who contributed to Tell it, Think it, Speak it, Breathe it, a compilation cd to benefit the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace. Dave is also a regular participant with Dylanfest, a yearly concert to raise funds for the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. Recently he has been busy assembling on a dare, the SugarBeat Cowboys, an all-star-rockin’-zydeco party band.