Armstrong, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, first picked up a guitar at age ten
after having been inspired by the Beatles.
He started his professional career at age 12 along with his younger brother Vito
at age 10.
With Butch on guitar and Vito, who
played bass and sang lead vocals, along with their cousin Frankie on drums, actually formed their
first band, the NEATLES, later changed to the KNIGHT RIDERS.
They appeared on the JERRY G. show on WKYC
TV, and the nationally syndicated show
UPBEAT on WEWS TV. They would beg their mother every weekend to
drive them to the Chagrin Falls Armory to hear local guitar gods Glen Schwartz
and Joe Walsh,
They would listened to Hendrix, Beck, and Clapton records by the
hour. After graduating
highschool , Butch travelled the country with local / national act RASTUS,
a local jazz-blues fusion band with a full horn section and two albums on the
charts and toured with them across the country.
In the mid-seventies, Butch toured and recorded with Sonny Geraci of the "Outsiders"
and "Climax" .
He moved to L.A. in the late
seventies, where he auditioned for the highly successful band, CHICAGO, after the
accidental shooting death of frontman lead guitarist Terry Kath.
in 1981 returning to Ohio, for almost a decade,he played in GOODFOOT, an excellent
R & B band that worked the dance circuit steadily through the eighties, following
which he founded his own band, the Armstrong Bearcats.
Their searing brand of hard-driving, in-your-face blues and rock and roll soon made them “the band
in demand” when a local opening act was needed for concert venues.
See concert reviews (coming soon).
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