From Bass to Brother
January 6, 2010 12:16 PM Subscribe
A poster on Talk Bass wanted to get a cool, old, down-on-his luck bassist a bass to play again.
posted by zizzle (21 comments total)
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And in the course of doing so, reunited him with his long lost brother.
Arthur "Butch" Porter was a down-on-his-luck bassist working as a day laborer in New York. In a previous life, he played with Empress
and Johnny Dynell.
General Electric, the original poster, worked in a restaurant Butch frequented. Upon learning of Butch's hard times and after hearing him play his own bass, GE decided that he would find a bass for Butch.
With the help of the Talk Bass community, he started the thread linked above. But by page 2
and post 28,
the thread took a turn into the unbelievable when a new poster from California came on the scene claiming that he was Butch's younger brother Andre and that they were separated 40 years ago.
The conversation unfolded from there to reveal that Andre's claims were true and a reunion is planned for the future.
And yes, General Electric did give Butch his bass.