This post goes out to my good friend and musical colleague Neal Hutto. We were hipsters back in the day and remained good friends throughout the 90s and beyond till his death in 2010.
Neal and I went to Carver Middle School together here in Tulsa Oklahoma. He was a talented musician then…And a hipster… I was a dork. But with his help and the influence of other hipsters I sorta became hip myself.
We drifted apart and I did not see him again until the early 90’s when he was the MC of an open stage night at the Eclipse club in Tulsa. I used to get up on that stage every Tuesday with my guitar and cheap beer and sing my little heart out.. Ya know? Memories
Neal had always been the free spirit kinda guy….. He lived out of his car for over 11 consecutive years… And was fine with that. He lived within his means and always had money and the stuff he needed… His car was insured and he was totally legal. This was the life he chose and he enjoyed it, folks… His method of living under good Karma was his code.
A lot could be said about Neal. His concerns with government interference in his life were quite the puzzle to me…Still, his stories and adventures in his car were always quite entertaining and it was always a good time when he would roll by my house to see me and do some jamming.
Hutto was a talented guitar player, singer, songwriter, and piano player. He would often get up and do a set at the Eclipse himself and was always a hit with the crowd. His music was exciting and complex. I have recently found a demo of his songs and am in the process of digitizing it and will share that on my music site.
In the 90s we attempted to put a band together and wrote a few songs… We could never seem to get out of the basement stage of the band but did manage to get a few things recorded. It would have been fun to actually get out and play some shows… But our lifestyle at the time seemed to prevent this… If you know what I”m saying?
I have recorded a song that Neal wrote with our band back then. I am offering it here to honor Neal and our great friendship his talent and legacy. It was fun recording it and I hope I do his song justice. Actually, it was co-written by K-Lor over at Funjob. A mutual friend of ours.
Why won’t you deal with me? Instead you… Flee…. That’s fine……
Rest in peace Neal P Hutto… You are missed my friend… See ya on the ‘other side’ YOU DIG?
Button Pusher (Download it here it’s MP3)
- Dave (me) Acoustic, electric guitar, and vocals.
- Don Holt Bass
- Courtney Doutthitt – Backing vocals
- Tommy Maxey – Lead guitars.