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Billboard’s top country tune is first #1 for local song writer

By Todd Winkler
Anvil Herald Reporter

Hondo celebrates with one of its own this week, Bart Butler. Along with co-writers Thomas Rhett and Larry McCoy, Butler finds himself at the top of the country music charts with their song, “Make Me Wanna.”

The song made its debut back in August and peaked this week at #1 across the top three charts most important to industry professionals, including US Billboard’s Country Airplay.

Bart’s journey has been and continues to be one that is based on hard work and doing what he loves, making music.

On his way to the studio to collaborate with yet another artist Wednesday, Bart, who makes his home in Nashville, said he writes a song just about every day. He went on to mention how highly he thinks of his South Texas music connection and praised South Texas talent, such as Gabe Garcia and Keith Lutz. He added, “Keith Lutz has been one of the greatest supporters I’ve ever had. I thank Keith for everything.”

Bart was also quick to express his gratitude for his father, Bill Butler, whose industry experience and guidance has been invaluable.

When asked, Bill expressed how long and hard his son Bart has worked to accomplish his dreams and said this is his best work yet. “I’m very proud of Bartie and I wish people really knew how hard he has and does work,” Bill said. Bart’s dad, who also knows plenty of folks in country music, is often told that his son has one of the greatest work ethics in the business and gives it everything he’s got.

It appears that his hard work is paying off. While “Make Me Wanna,” performed by Rhett, is his first chart-topper, it isn’t his first success. Bart received a BMI Award (Broadcast Music, Inc.) for writing “Don’t Ask Me How I Know,” co-written and recorded by Bobby Pinson. His songs have also been recorded by country artists such as Dierks Bentley, Clay Walker and Mark Wills. He hopes to produce a second studio album with Jon Pardi this year, with whom he wrote and produced “Write You A Song.”

In Bart’s own words, “South Texas has some great talent,” but today Hondo celebrates Bart Butler himself. Keep the songs coming Bart!

 

 

 

 

 

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