John Butler Trio Biography

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The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. Two of the band's albums—Three (2001) and Living 2001–2002 (2003)—have gone platinum in Australia and reached the top ten of the Australian album charts in those years. The 2004 album Sunrise Over Sea debuted at number one on the Australian charts on 15 March 2004 reaching gold record status in its first week on sale. Their next release, entitled Grand National, was released on 27 March 2007. The band's releases are marketed independently by Jarrah Records which John Butler co-owns with West Australian folk band the Waifs.

The band won an ARIA award for "Best Independent Release" for Three in 2001 and again for Grand National in 2007 and has been nominated for three others. Three was released in the U.S. in 2002 and the John Butler Trio toured the U.S. in that year supporting the Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer.

On 26 March 2009 John Butler announced that the current bass and drum musicians of the John Butler Trio, Shannon Birchall and Michael Barker are separating from the band. For purely artistic reasons, John feels that it is necessary to change the line up in an attempt by John to discover new inspirations with new members.

On 30 June 2009 John Butler announced the new bass and drum musicians of the John Butler Trio to be Byron Luiters as the bassist and Nicky Bomba as the drummer and percussionist. Bomba, Butler's brother-in-law, has previously been a member of the John Butler Trio.

The new line-up has spent the last few months in a studio in Fremantle, recording the band's fifth studio album, which was released March 26, 2010. The album will be called April Uprising, named after Butler's voyage to find his ancestors on SBS Television’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are?.


Studio albums

* John Butler (1998)
* Three (2001)
* Sunrise Over Sea (2004)
* Grand National (2007)
* April Uprising (2010)

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JB on spicks & specks | Reviewer: steph k - vibe events qld | 4/11/11

JB was great on tonites program. Shame his team didn't win! But all good as he was kind on the eye and awesome on the ear with his Ocean TV performance. Bring on more JB!! Hey John Would love u to headline a Vibe Event - intro the new youth live music culture on the Gold Coast!!



You're amazing | Reviewer: jessie | 3/8/10

John Butker is amazing, he has an awesome style to his music, with every word meaning soemthing.
He has great veiws on things, and i'm glad that some of his songs are protests about the environment and the world we live in today.

John Butler is a star xo




amazing | Reviewer: Matt | 8/13/07

i'm so glad that talent like them exist. it sounds pure and positive. amazing artists for their time and i can't wait to hear more from them.



marlon young | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/29/06

JBT are absolute legends, they play amazing music, JB is a freak guitarist and an amazing singer along with being a plotical and environmental prophet. JBT Forever



JBT concert | Reviewer: Andre | 4/3/06

30/3/06 John Butler's concert in Lisbon the greatest concert ever...a huge show... amazing musics the longest and the best solos I have ever seen...simply the best...made my heart drill of emotion, cry, laught...cannot be said by word.....Peace and love....long live JBT



Love them | Reviewer: Dea | 1/19/06

Down to earth and extremely talented. Saw them in concert a couple of years ago, amazing experience...ill never forget it.



Another John Butler in Nashville, guitarist | Reviewer: Eleanor Butler Dobbs | 6/22/05

He also writes songs. Has played clubs in Naples FL and elsewhere. Excellent musician. Ohio, West Virginia background. Dark hair, eyes, father of two grown children. Good health. Good interactive personality. Blends instantly with other musicians, would be a great addition to your group. He's living in Nashville TN now. Irish descent, both sides. I'm his aunt. I sang with him on first meeting him so I know his ability. I come from a musical family, both sides. One is classical, one is current scene. Let me know if you are interested and I will get his address for you.

Don't let this opportunity pass!



JBT Rule! | Reviewer: Mat | 3/29/05

Ive been listening to JBT for about a year or so now and i just want to say that i cannot get enought of sunrise over sea and three! i again cannot wait until a new album comes out!

keep up the amazing work jbt!

Mat




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