Thursday, September 18, 2008

The John Butler Trio

My first contact with John Butler was two years ago when I listened to his instrumental song "Ocean", on YouTube. It's a amazing song and I must say I was really impressed. His guitar skills are brilliant and I'd never before heard that kind of sound.

Ocean - John Butler

This summer I visited Cambridge, and by a coincidence i ran into a copy of The John Butler Trio's latest CD "Grand National". I didn't listen to it until i came home but since then it feels like it has been running through my speakers constantly. Except for a great guitarist and a special sound, the music aren't anything like "Ocean" but It's still amazing!
The CD contains 13 tracks and in my opinion, all of them are great. This is a CD everyone have to listen to. Myself, I'm on my way to get their other releases and If they're just half as good as Grand National is I'll still be happy.

Here're some samples!

Caroline (Live) - The John Butler Trio

Better Than - The John Butler Trio

The John Butler Trio are 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 March 15, 2004 reaching gold record status in its first week on sale. Their next and latest release, entitled Grand National, was released on March 27, 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.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

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