Butcher Brown Shines Their ‘Solar Music’ On NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ Series

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NPR Music has been inviting so many of our faves to perform on Tiny Desk, you’d think it was Black Music Month. Thankfully, they’re not making us wait until June to enjoy performances by some of the dopest artists to ever touch a microphone or an instrument. In that category is the band Butcher Brown. Recently, NPR welcomed RVA’s finest to their DMV headquarters to perform on the esteemed Tiny Desk Concert series.

The members of Butcher Brown came ready to impress with DJ Harrison on keys, Tennishu on vocals and saxophone, Morgan Burrs on guitar, Andy Randazzo on bass and Corey Fonville on drums. The bulk of their performance consisted of tracks from their 2023 LP Solar Music, but they did reach back into their catalog for a couple of jams.

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Butcher Brown started their five-song set with the Solar Music album cut “No Way Around It.” Tennishu flowed over the band’s funky live instrumentation. He picked up his sax for the next track as they dug in the crates to perform “Fohbliv” from their 2014 debut album All Purpose Music. They then bounced to the #KingButch album to deliver the song “Frontline.” The fellas circled back to Solar Music to end their performance with the singles “DYKWYD” and “I Can Say To You,” which garnered wild applause from those gathered around the desk to witness this greatness in person.

The next best thing to seeing Butcher Brown live is watching them make their debut on Tiny Desk. Get into their groovy blend of jazz, hip-hop and soul when you press play below.

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