This time the media production company shot Oklahoma native Kaitlin Butts. The auburn-haired singer brought her gut-wrenching storytelling to the studio for a killer live set filled with some of her famed tracks. The four-song session features a few tunes from her critically acclaimed 2022 album, What Else Can She Do, along with her fan favorite murder ballad, “White River.”
Her prolific songwriting, no matter how many times you’ve heard it, has a grab-you-by-the-throat feel as you listen to heartbreaking stories that most would shy away from singing, but not Butts. Combined with her Oklahoma twangs and sincere stage presence, everything about this session is spot on.
Opening up with “It Won’t Always Be This Way,” Butts comes out of the gate, ready to wail. She powerfully dials in on each lyric from the track while her band lays down the melancholy melodies, creating the perfect support. Moving into “She’s Using,” Butts highlights her vocal ability throughout the first half of the track, where the composition remains quiet. Listeners can hear the pain in her vocals as she sings the story of a girl who is struggling with addiction.
Moving into “White River,” the old western chugs from the melody draw listeners in as a morbid murder ballad is being sung. Kaitlin Butts wraps up this flawless session with “In The Pines” and lets it RIP. This last song highlights every reason fans love Kaitlin Butts, from the power in her voice, to the conviction of her storytelling, and the deep red dirt roots in her sound. It’s perfect, and there is no other way to describe it.
OurVinyl Session perfectly wraps up how we all feel about Butts in their video description.
“Time and again, she demands to be seen and heard as an artist, storyteller, and woman.”
If you aren’t watching this, stop what you are doing and do so. You don’t regret one ounce of it.