Jerry Butler

Jerry began his music career at age 12 in Knoxville, TN with the Knoxville Newgrass Boys, a local band which also included bandmate Phil Leadbetter. This band traveled regionally and among others performed at the White House in 1976 as part of the Nation’s Bicentennial. Jerry’s mother Pat, who grew up in Columbus, GA was also very talented. She played the piano and later became a skilled banjo player. The two of them enjoyed playing and singing together and actually played in a local bluegrass band together until Jerry left for college in 1980 where he majored in music at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Jerry received an Associate In Music degree from Cumberland University in1982. Jerry has performed in a range of venues, churches and festivals across Georgia throughout his travels including Hoofer’s, Lagrange, GA; Sawnee Mtn Music, Cumming, GA; Red Light Café Atlanta, GA; Everett’s Music Barn Suwanee, GA; and many festivals including Blairsville, Hiawassee, Lavonia, Guyton, Jekyll Island, Cartersville, Tompkinsville, Jonesboro, Sutallee, Stone Mountain State Park, Hoboken, Lincolnton as well as others.
Currently Jerry performs daily with the Smoky Mountain String Band at Dollywood Theme Park Pigeon Forge, TN. Other special mentions include:Performed nationally and abroad as the lead singer and guitarist for Pine Mountain Railroad, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, and The Blu-J’s.

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