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Farewell to Charlie Noble and Kirk Butler



Two men who were, in their own way, part of the central Indiana music scene, died last week.

Charlie Noble was the owner of The Key Palace Theater in the town of Redkey, which is located between Muncie and Ft. Wayne. If you've ever been to Redkey, you might have seen more people in the theater than in the town itself. The 220-seat venue hosted local, regional and national touring blues acts. The tiny downtown of Redkey would hum on Saturday nights with visits by bands like Mississippi Heat, Biscuit & the Mix, Liz Mandeville Greeson and Duke Tumatoe (who had the venue’s tradition of performing Thanksgiving Eve). Leon Redbone once said on national television that The Key Palace Theater was his favorite place to play. Charlie (with a cigar in one hand or, if not in hand, at least nearby) was always the master of ceremonies. Noble died Nov. 1 at age 72.

Kirk Butler was recording engineer/producer/editor for WFYI’s "Sound Medicine." During his long career, he worked in studio with a variety of musicians like Johnny Cougar (with whom Kirk also toured), Dave Benoit, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Andre Crouch, Natalie Cole and Miles Davis. Butler died Nov. 2 at age 59.


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