If you’re from Australia, you know John Butler and his trio, now consisting of Byron Luiters on bass and Nicky Bomba on percussion. If you’re in the States, you may have heard of JBT, but not followed by words like “gold” or “platinum.”‚ In their native Australia, past albums have achieved those statuses along with a dedicated following of fans.
You’ll probably hear JBT compared with a couple bands they’ve toured with, such as The Dave Matthews Band and G. Love and Special Sauce. If we’re cross pollinating fans, I’d also toss Dispatch and State Radio into the ring. What sets JBT apart, however, is the nasty guitar work. Butler is an insane guitarist with the signature fingernails to prove it. He’s also charitable, offering fans tutorials on how to play his music (see MySpace).
Their fresh album, April Uprising, was released today via ATO Records and it’s bound to find the band more fans in the US. The songs are catchy enough to appeal to mainstream fans, eclectic and technical enough for the jam band fans, and political enough for the socialists and environmentalists.
John Butler Trio are touring overseas now, but are heading back to the States in May, including stops at the Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festivals.
Video: John Butler Trio – One Way Road