The turning point in Butler’s career came, however, when he confronted his lifelong struggle with alcoholism and substance abuse. After getting sober, Butler recorded his debut solo album Reckless Son, a poignant confession of his battle with addiction and his inspiring path to recovery. Right from the start, Butler was able to pull together a community around his message and crowd fund the entire project through a successful Pledge Music Campaign. Released to critical acclaim in September of 2016, Reckless Son drew comparisons to heroes of Butler’s like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan as well as contemporary Americana icons Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson.
Since his debut album, Butler has written an original song for the featured documentary Generation Found, toured and performed at over 40 prisons. His newest single "St. Christopher's Inn" - written about a tremendous treatment center in upstate New York - was released July 18, 2018.
Matt is currently performing on Vans Warped Tour through August 5.