Hi! I’m glad you found my web site!
I am Jerry Boutot, 11th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominee, composer and recording artist. I’m a one man virtual rock band with influences from many diverse artists including Rush, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Disturbed, Thomas Dolby, King Crimson, and Alan Parsons, just to name a few. You can call it Electronica, but for me it’s a thinking man’s medley of cerebral and emotion driven Rock ‘n’ Roll.
I started playing guitar at 8 years old. My parents bought me an acoustic guitar and sent me for lessons. I didn’t last long with the lessons, but I did learn the basic notes on the first three frets of each string – then I quit. Actually, I was already trying to “make up my own music” and getting yelled at by good ol’ mom who kept telling me that only “other people” made up their own music. I kept trying to play but had a hard time with that old acoustic. The action was horrible and I kept begging for an electric guitar. When I was about 12 years old I got my first electric guitar for Christmas from the Sears Roebuck catalog, and I started listening to old Johnny Cash records and other old school country artists like Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard, and that bunch. I would go to weddings and other big family functions where there was this old time country band that always seemed to be playing at all of these functions – Claude LeMay – and I was always forced to get up and play songs by these old country artists. Actually I sucked pretty bad but I got a taste for playing in front of an audience. By sixth grade I had learned and mastered all of the Partridge Family music – hey back then all I could afford was the one complete Partridge Family chord book and so that’s all I played. Eventually I went on to bigger and better things, singing the entire album Tommy (The Who) and Godspell with my band Cadence (Jon March, Noel March, Tim Barth, Bruce Horn, and myself) when I was just a Freshman and Sophomore in High School. As I got older and started experimenting with harder rock and harder psychedelics, my musical tastes were pretty much dictated by what I considered to be complex and cerebral oriented styles of music. You can hear this in my writing. Skiing In Vienna was written when I was in middle school. Damn the Speed Limit was written during the early 80’s MTV revolution and New Age bands such as DEVO, Flock of Seagulls, Thomas Dolby, and that early electronic music. Although I never really played keyboard or piano, I always found myself more drawn to the keyboards and synthesizers and the endless variations of really cool sounds and effects you could get from them.
I gave up music when I was in my thirties to work and raise a family, but somewhere around the year 2001 I started getting back into it. Slowly but surely I built up a solid digital recording studio equipped with all of the basics that I needed to bring my music out of the cobwebs and ashes of the past into the light. In 2009 I released my first album to iTunes and other digital distribution channels as the artist Scary Tales. In 2011 I decided to abandon Scary Tales and change my artist entity name to Jerry Boutot Music, to better reflect the fact that I am a solo artist. I got tired of comments like “your band is so awesome when are you playing near me”. I needed to make it clear that it is me, not a band, and I do everything pretty much myself with the exceptions of a small handful of collaborators like Alan Morgan and Randy McQuilkin.
All songs by Jerry Boutot Music are written, recorded, produced, and distributed by Jerry Boutot with few exceptions. Wherever collaboration is involved I’ve given credit to those whose contributions made the music possible.
This music is available for sale directly from the Jerry Boutot Music Store and on all of the major music services (iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc.).
Enjoy the site. Enjoy the music. Enjoy my uninformed and sometimes crudely naive ramblings in the blog. Enjoy the lyrics. I’ve posted lyrics on every single song page, along with analysis of their roots and meaning (for most songs, with the rest on the way).
Jerry B. of Jerry Boutot Music