John Butler Trio – Peaches and Cream

John Butler Trio – Peaches and Cream

John Butler Trio - Peaches and Cream

John Butler Trio is a ‘jam band’ led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. From humble beginnings, the JBT has emerged to become one of the most respected and ear-worthy Aussie acts, lauded for their talent to mould environmental and politcal themes seamlessly into radio freindly riffs and hooks. Even though band leader and name-sake John is considered a certified Aussie, he was actually born and raised in California, but was bought to his father’s native homeland of Australia when he was 11.

While studying to become a teacher in Perth, John started busking on the streets, where his home grown compositions received a strong response. He released his first cassette tape by the name of ‘Searching For Heritage’ which eventually sold 3000 copies. By the end of 1996, he had dropped out of Curtin University to pursue a musical career and started playing at open mic nights.

Fast forward to 2000 and, teamed with Jason McGann and Bassist Gavin Shoesmith he released his first album by the John Butler Trio ‘Three’. It wasn’t long before JBT were being hailed as the next bona fide stars in Australia. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Banjo, the guitarist issued the double-disc live set Living 2001-2002 and the EP Zebra, with ‘Sunrise Over Sea’.

This album sold well in Australia, debuting at number one on the ARIA charts, and led Butler to an opening spot on Dave Matthews’ tour that year. His success is more impressive given that the bands releases are marketed independently by Jarrah Records which John Butler co-owns with West Australian folk band The Waifs.

Butler released ‘Grand National’ worldwide in March of 2007.The band has also won an ARIA award for ‘Best Independent Release’ for Three in 2001 and has been nominated for three others. Bio source…

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