Rhett Butler/Tuck & Patti

Center Presents

Rhett Butler/Tuck & Patti

8:00PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 Hamon Hall

2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201


Limited seats available!

This is an equal-billed concert. Rhett Butler will play first at 8 pm.

Tuck and Patti

For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.

To understand Tuck & Patti, start with the wellspring of love within them, then their music begins to make perfect sense. Married 33 years, Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart continue to stoke the fires, not only of their own love, but also of their love of life and their passion for making music together. They have a long-standing tradition: Minimalist arrangements featuring Tuck’s extraordinary virtuosity and Patti’s rich mezzo soprano.

Patti, renowned for her remarkable ability to touch hearts directly with her voice, exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he’ll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck’s guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, “Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra.”

When they’re not touring, Tuck and Patti live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they record and teach students, in person and via Skype.

Rhett Butler is the Obsessive-Compulsive Guitarist

In 1987 he received his first guitar for Christmas. As his primary antidote against the pain and fear that he felt through his brother’s bouts with cancer, Rhett retreated into the instrument. What blossomed was a fiery work ethic that is reflected in his mastery of multiple styles and his passionate performances.

Rhett was admitted to the prestigious jazz program at the University of North Texas in 1993. Early on, Rhett developed a trademark hammer-on style that allows him to play two guitars at once by fingering each of their fret boards, coaxing filigreed harmonies and shimmering melodies without needing to strum.

Though Rhett is most well known for playing two guitars at once, don’t make the mistake of trying to classify him as a gimmick performer. He regularly features five or six different guitars during his performances.

Rhett has performed with Tommy Emmanuel, Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Larry Corryell, Tony Trischka, The California Guitar Trio, Carl Palmer, Andy Timmons and many other legends of instrumental music. He is among the next generation of Texas guitar heroes.

When he is not performing, Rhett is very involved in the fight against cancer. The documentary, “Chasing Miracles”, that Rhett made about the life of his brother Ashley, a 28 year brain tumor survivor, was featured in the Dallas International Film Festival in 2011. He is currently pursuing a medical degree and his book, “The Patient and Caregiver’s Guide to Cancer” is an Amazon Best Seller in two categories, oncology and caregiving.

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