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Shiny Shiny Black reaches into the dark, hands out, searching for the lyric and tone to shed light on thoughts that haunt. Their musical grip holds you in place while words find the vulnerable target of your heart. The talent of this Americana roots rock band with lyrical poetry is hard at work to find each person their music is meant for.
Travelers, Shiny Shiny Black’s debut full-length album launched April 2014, and was featured locally on Record Store Day. Their first studio album took aim at classic guitar tones (Brian Setzer, Luke Doucet, Tom Petty) and indie rock sensibilities (Wilco, The Black Keys). Determination and grace are visible in their over 130 live performances of original music since 2012 throughout the Midwest region. After releasing a collection of live recordings in December of 2015, the band followed up with Wild Edges, an EP of five originals and one traditional tune released in 2016. In 2020, they released a series of four singles and are currently working on their third record.
From their skills, creativity, and Midwestern work ethic emerge the sounds and soul of Shiny Shiny Black. You can expect carefully crafted songs, high energy performances, plenty of on-stage banter, and an experience that is simultaneously fun and transcendent.
SSB has been honored to share the stage with Alan Rhody, Phil Madeira, Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer, Kevin Gordon, The Banditos, The Cloak Ox, *repeat repeat, The Accidentals, Andru Bemis, Jonathan Reuel, The Traveling Suitcase, Veseria, The Bergamot, Von Strantz, Faeroplane, Kansas Bible Company, Analecta, The Rutabega, Elephant Rescue, The Beat, The Tumbleweed Jumpers, Teacup Gorilla, Brittany Lee Moffitt, Kari Lynch, Anna PS, Andrew Kreider, Zach DuBois, Carrie McFerrin, Allison Ann, Mike Boo, Jason Ropp and Kimberly Glick.
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A 2020 music video release, "Another Way Up the Mountain":
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Press & Interviews
“I was impressed with Nate personally: he seemed kind and smart and funny. Now I'm impressed with his new Shiny Shiny Black music. The songs, in this case, fit the man.”
— Will Kimbrough, Singer-Songwriter, Award-winning Multi-instrumentalist
05/15/20 Into the Song with Doug Harsch - "Nathan Butler - One Foot in Front of the Other"
05/08/20 Mighty Music Corner with Tyrus Tucker - "Nate Butler"
09/09/19 The Goshen News - Featured Artist at "Arts on the Millrace 2019"
11/3/16 South Bend Tribune - " Shiny Shiny Black finds power in husband-wife duo lineup"
9/14/16 Michiana People Podcast - "Album Review: Shiny Shiny Black - "Wild Edges""
9/12/16 Adam G. Fleming - "Review: SSB's "Wild Edges""
8/29/16 Michiana People Podcast - "In Studio Interview with Shiny Shiny Black"
6/5/16 Michiana People Podcast - "Live Show Review"
6/2/16 The Goshen News - "Shiny Shiny Black frontman finds himself in music"
9/14/14 The Goshen News - "Shiny Shiny Black front man talks album, live performances"
7/9/14 Current in Carmel - "Rock ’n’ roll band Shiny Shiny Black hoping for sing-along at Carmel show"
7/4/14 The Elkhart Truth Radio - "Shiny Shiny Black: Fatherhood, difficult life inspires one of Goshen's newest Americana bands"
6/30/14 The Equal Ground - "Shiny Shiny Black, Travelers"
4/24/14 Whatzup Magazine - "Spins: Shiny Shiny Black, Travelers"
4/18/14 The Goshen News - "Shiny Shiny Black to release debut album"
4/17/14 South Bend Tribune - "Fade to Shiny Shiny Black"
4/15/14 Paragraph by Paragraph - "Shiny Shiny Black: Travelers"
4/15/14 The Elkhart Truth - "Record Store Day 2014: Goshen band Shiny Shiny Black to debut album"
4/14/14 T. Bush Recording - "Drive the Nail Home"
4/13/14 Stacey Page Online - "Album Review: Shiny Shiny Black"
03/10/14 DoitIndy Radio Hour features 'Oh Darlin''
03/05/14 'Look Me in the Eyes' featured on Mr. Ed's 2 Song Spotlight Ep. 452
12/17/13 Goshen NYE Show Features Local Faves
08/22/13 Nashville artists to perform with local musicians this weekend