The Butanes were formed in 1983 after Curtis Obeda returned home from Chicago.
A blues protege, Obeda began his career playing guitar with The Mudsharks as well as the Twin Cities Blues luminaries of the late 70's and early 80's: Mojo Buford, Baby Doo Caston, Lazy Bill Lucas, Big Walter Smith, Percy Strother and W.C. Handy Award winner Sonny Rodgers. He moved to Chicago and began performing around town with Hubert Sumlin, Sammy Fender (Redmond) as well as occasional others.
Curt's tenure in Chicago honed his guitar playing skills and cemented friendships with many Windy City Blues men, notably Albert Collins, Jimmy Dawkins, Lefty Dizz, Hip Linkchain and Big Smokey Smothers.
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