Butch Walker Opens for Train at The Ryman 

Never the Bride

Never the Bride
Butch Walker has turned his handiness with a hook into a thriving career. Unfortunately, the ex-Marvelous 3 frontman (remember “Freak of the Week”?) isn’t paid for making music so much as producing it. He’s cut albums for Pink, Avril Lavigne, Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and Weezer in the past half-dozen years while making his own (fruitless) runs at the charts. What’s missing (other than millions in promotion dollars) is anyone’s guess. His last two releases — 2008’s Sycamore Meadows (written after his California place was consumed by a forest fire) and February’s I Liked You Better When You Had No Heart — are crisp, warm and radio-ready as anything he’s recorded. From “Ponce De Leon Ave.,” which sounds like premium Chicago, to the appropriately titled, string-abetted piano ballad, “Pretty Melody,” Walker writes terrific pop music, though my money’s still on 2006’s wonderfully glammy, rock-driven The Rise & Fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites.
Fri., April 2, 8 p.m., 2010

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