Charlie Hinkel, Wayne Buttery and Gabor Szepesi are back together once again. This time with drummer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Steven K. Henry. Joe Huron's jazz guitar approach offers an interesting contrast to Wayne’s more traditional blues and bottleneck guitar style, keyboardist and organist Gabor Szepesi is a welcome addition to this blues and rhythm & blues ensemble. Bassist Charlie Hinkel and guitarist Wayne Buttery offer up their unique and rich lead vocals completing this the 'HINKEL-BUTTERY PROJECT' lineup.
From the mid-1960s, Wayne performed with a number of local bands at high school dances, parties, etc. It wasn't until early in 1970 that Wayne became one of the founding members of the popular Toronto based nostalgia show band, 'BANANAS'. Later on in the mid 1980s, Wayne went on to perform with 'MIDDLE AGED CRAZYS' and in 1989 founded 'PAUL HAMILTON & the BLUENOTES'. It was in 1991 when Wayne moved to Central Ontario's, Orr Lake community in the town of Elmvale where he often performed solo in local venues and resorts. In March of 1995 Wayne hooked up with Charlie Hinkel, Bob Federer, Dennis King and for the next twenty three years 'the GROOVE PROJECT' performed throughout Central and Southern Ontario. Now Wayne is a key member of the 'HINKEL-BUTTERY PROJECT'.
Wayne Buttery with Rita Johns
Toronto native, Rita Johns began her singing career in 1965 as a studio vocalist lending vocal support to several recording artists including; Johnny Rivers, Terry Black, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Duvall and Patriciananne McKinnon. In 1981 Rita became a JUNO nominee in the "Most Promising Vocalist" category and in 1985 she was nominated for a CASBY AWARD for "Best New Artist". Soon thereafter Rita recorded the Danny McBride composition, "She's In Love With Her Radio" which was produced by Jack Richardson and later recorded by Sheena Easton. Since coming out of retirement, Rita has been performing both cover and original compositions in the Blues and R&B genre.