New Music Tuesday: John Butler Trio

The deeper I get into this music thing, the more I’m realizing how good Australia is at music. That’s a broad statement, I know, and it probably doesn’t say much about me that I didn’t know that in the first place, but between JET, The Vines, and Wolfmother (not to mention AC/DC, obviously) the great Australian bands just seem to keep piling up. My most recent musical revelation from down under: the John Butler Trio.

johnbutler2Butler’s been around for quite a few years and has sold millions of records in Australia but has stayed relatively anonymous to us ignorant Americans. Or at least to ignorant me. He leads a talented roots group with occasionally interchanging members, spanning genres from acoustic to blues to bluegrass. The new album, “April Uprising,” was inspired partly by Butler’s appearance on an Australian genealogy show, which means that he apparently learned enough about his family background to get the creative juices flowing. Those juices, for the record, sound like they could be packaged and sold by Minute Maid for a tidy profit. That’s how good they are.

The second single from the album, “Close to You,” is the catchiest tune on the album, but there a lot of goodies on this record, released for the first time in the U.S. this week after hitting Europe and Australia a week ago. “One Way Road,” the other single, is also a winner, and actually those two songs are my favorites on the record. I rarely fall for singles on an album, but these two grabbed me.

That’s not to say the rest of the project is no good; the whole thing is worthwhile, mixing up genres in a way that makes perfect sense. I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Hail, Australia. You’ve done it again.

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John Butler Trio - April Uprising


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