Mike Butterworth, 37, is a singer/guitarist in The Nadas, performing after the Metro Arts Rock ‘n’ Run race at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Clive Aquatic Center, 1801 N.W. 114th St., Clive.
Q: How did you and (Nadas co-founder) Jason Walsmith start working together?
I had been in a band in high school and when I got to Iowa State I wanted to join a band more than I wanted to get an education. A mutual friend said this guy, Jason, is in a band and I should talk to him. I ended up trying out for the band, and it went well, then the rest of the band moved out of state a week later. So it was just he and I and we decided to start an acoustic duo.
Q: You recently got back from a train stop tour. How did that come about?
It’s kind of a creative collaboration between us and the Greater Des Moines Partnership to promote rail travel and get Amtrak to stop through Des Moines. We did one last year and it ended up being so delightful that we’re doing it for a second year. We already did the East Coast and this trip was for the West Coast.
Q: The Nadas’ last album,”Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed,” was for kids. Do you have a more adult followup to “Almanac” planned?
Yeah, we’re finally working on a grown-up record now. … I just got an email this morning from Jason with songs he’s been working on. It’s on its way; we hope to get everything written and rehearsed and then record it all at once in a couple of weeks.