John Butler Trio

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“Even before we started officially working with Shure the trio was leaning on them to help reproduce our sound as authentically and rich as possible. Whether it's the legendary & unstoppable SM58 or their new ribbon mics for my marshall, Shure provide the perfect combination of quality and road durability.” - JOHN BUTLER

John Butler Trio use the following Shure Products:

Shure KSM9 A premium vocal condenser microphone that captures vocal subtlety with extraordinary detail to deliver clear articulation, functional flexibility and precise vocal reproduction for live performance.
Shure KSM141 A dual-pattern end-addressed condenser microphone with a rotating collar, allowing easy switching between a consistent cardioid or true omnidirectional polar pattern. Premium electronic components.
Shure KSM32 An embossed single-diaphragm, side-address, cardioid condenser microphone. Extended frequency response for an open, natural sounding reproduction of the original sound source.
Shure Beta 98D/S                  The Beta 98, designed for toms, snares and percussion instruments, is perfect for sound reinforcement and recording. Its flexible gooseneck lets you position the microphone in practically any configuration.
Shure VP88 A single-point, stereo condenser microphone for use in professional studio recording. Time-coherent, Mid-Side (M-S) design for optimal stereo imaging. Low noise and distortion.
Shure Beta 56A A compact drum microphone engineered for close miking of snare and toms. The supercardioid design provides maximum isolation from other onstage sounds. Supercardioid, Dynamic.
Shure Beta 98H/C A premium cardioid condenser instrument microphone. Tailored frequency response for open, natural sound reproduction. Legendary Shure ruggedness and reliability.
Shure KSM 313 A premium bi-directional ribbon microphone for world-class audio and performance. Bi-directional polar pattern delivers premier audio with superior off-axis rejection.
Shure SM57 Dynamic microphone cartridge with tailored frequency response delivers clear reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. Uniform cardioid polar pattern isolates the sound source while minimising background noise.

John Butler Trio use the following Gator Cases products:

ATA Molded PE Keyboard Case
88 Note Keyboard Case with Wheels, TSA Latches and Extra Interior Depth.
ATA Wood Flight Keyboard Case
61 Note Keyboard Road Case with wheels.
Waterproof Utility Case

Waterproof Injection molded case.

Cable Caddy Cargo Case
Cargo Case with Lift-Out Tray, Wheels, and Retractable Handle.
Par Can Light Case
Par Can Light Case with Tow Handle, Wheels, and Removable Velcro Dividers. Holds four Par 64 LED's.
G-Tour Microphone Wood Flight CaseATA Wood Flight Case with Drops for 15 Mics, Recessed Latches, and Cable Storage.


John Butler Trio Official Website

 

Biography

Ten years ago in 1998 John Butler was busking on the streets of Fremantle, Western Australia. 3500 self funded cassette sales served as the foundation for becoming Australia’s most successful independent artist ever.

Fast forward to 2009 and his label Jarrah Records has now been responsible for 800,000 CD sales in Australia. The John Butler Trio’s last studio album ‘Grand National’ has received international acclaim since its release in 2007. The Washington Post praised its “sauntering boogies with an affinity for hip-hop beats” and Rolling Stone Magazine said “Melody, Subtlety, Authenticity. Sophistication… Butler at his brand new best, blending his influences into a sound that is all his own…a hip shaking rollicking good-time album, proof that John Butler is ready to take things to that next level…”

‘Better Than’, the first single from the album held the top spot on the USA Triple A radio charts this year. Last year the trio won two ARIA awards for ‘Grand National’; Best Independent Release and Best Blues and Roots Release, and they received top voting of the evening for their performance of ‘Funky Tonight’, with a special guest appearance by Keith Urban.

Butler owns and operates his own record label, Jarrah Records, which has released John Butler Trio’s last three studio albums and two live albums and his first self titled album. 2003’s ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ was the first independently released album to reach number one in Australia, and, like ‘Grand National’, went on to enjoy multi-platinum success. Home to other artists such as The Waifs, Jarrah Records continues to pave the way for independent artists in Australia.

JBT have taken their music to the world and continue to grow in stature and popularity in USA, Europe and Japan. They have become favourites at iconic festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, and Coachella where Bruce Fessier of USA Today said “John Butler revealed himself to be arguably the finest guitarist at Coachella Festival“.

In April this year John was honoured to be asked to programme and headline the main stage at the annual East Coast Blues Festival, held in Byron Bay. It was a celebratory affair marking their 20th anniversary and Ben Harper was the only other artist to be similarly honoured. The John Butler Trio also played three other Australian festivals and these were significant as the final shows with bass player Shannon Birchall and drummer Michael Barker. In June John revealed the new line up for the Trio which includes bass player Byron Luiters, who has been a member of Sydney outfit The Ray Man Three and Nicky Bomba on drums and percussion who was the principal drummer on JBT’s 5 x platinum Sunrise Over Sea album. In July John took to the Northern Hemisphere to perform a series of solo shows including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival for the first time along with other great festivals including Rothbury and the Mile High Festival in Denver. He returned to Australia in August to perform at the Cannot Buy My Soul Concert with a long list of talented local musicians taking to the stage to reinterpret the wonderful catalogue of Kev Carmody.

The John Butler Trio is currently putting the final touches down to their new album ‘April Uprising’, the follow up to the 3 x platinum ‘Grand National’ album. Check out the web site for all the news and updates on the making of ‘April Uprising’ which is due out early in 2010. Expect to hear ‘One Way Road’ the first single from the new album on airwaves in November this year and check the website for Australian tour dates for the ‘One Way Road’ tour taking place in January 2010.

Facts

Current Facts:

  • John Butler is undeniably the most successful independent artist in Australia with sold out performances over the past two years, not only on home turf but also worldwide, on the back of the JBT’s highly acclaimed last album the 3 x platinum accredited ‘Grand National’ album.
  • ‘April Uprising’ the band’s fifth studio album, released March 26th 2010 features a new line up of the trio with prominent Melbourne musician Nicky Bomba (drums, percussion) of ‘Bomba’ fame and principal drummer on the 5 x platinum ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ album and Byron Luiters from Sydney outfit Ray Man Three (bass).
  • ‘April Uprising’ debuted at number one on the Australian ARIA charts third consecutive album for the band to do so.
  • First single ‘One Way Road’ started 2010 at number one on the national radio airplay chart, virtually every major radio station nationwide has the track on high rotation. It is also featured on high rotation as the bedding track for the whole summer campaign on Channel 10’s new digital TV station. Second single ‘Close To You’ was the number one most added song at radio the week of servicing & was the most played track on Aircheck and D Star!
  • Second single ‘Close To You’ maintains airplay dominance in the Australian market sitting at number 10 nationally.
  • Third single ‘Revolution’ was the most added single to radio on servicing to radio nationally.
  • Toured capital cities in January 2010 – all shows sold out. In fact every John Butler Trio tour for the past 7 years has sold out!!
  • The John Butler Trio ‘April Uprising’ national Australian tour is planned for August/September 2010, the band’s largest Australian tour since the release of their multiplatinum ‘Sunrise Over Sea’ album.
  • Internationally ‘April Uprising’ has achieved incredible results; it became the first Billboard Top 100 entry for the band with a debut at number 36 on the USA Billboard chart week of release there. It also debuted at number 8 on the USA digital charts and number 4 on the US independent labels charts. Across the Tasman the album came in at number 17 on the New Zealand charts. France charts reported the album in at number 27 and number 8 on the digital charts.  ‘April Uprising’ has proven to be the JBT’s most successful release ever in Canada, UK and Japan.
  • ‘April Uprising’ has received the best reviews to date at a global level for the band. They’ve already completed a sell out tour through the UK and Europe headlining major theatres and are just completing their most ambitious run of dates in the USA including a sold out headlining concert at Red Rocks Colorado (made famous by U2’s ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’ dvd) to a capacity crowd of 8,500, the band’s biggest headlining concert anywhere and sold out the iconic Central Park Summer Stage concert with a main stage performance to 5500 fans.
  • JBT will also be playing many summer festivals through Canada and Europe and the main stage at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in July.


Sales:

  • John Butler has sold close to one million albums in Australia alone!
  • Sunrise Over Sea 2004 – 5 x platinum sales – THE breakthrough album both here in Australia and overseas
  • Grand National 2007 3 x platinum sales
  • April Uprising has achieved gold status


ARIA Awards:

  • ARIA 2007; Best Indie, Best Blues and Roots, Best Performance and received top voting of the evening for their performance of ‘Funky Tonight’, with a special guest appearance by Keith Urban.
  • ARIA 2004; Best Male, Best Indie, Best Blues and Roots
  • ARIA 2001; Best Indie
  • APRA Awards 2005; Song of the Year ‘Zebra
  • APRA Awards 2008; Blues and Roots work of the year ‘Good Excuse’


Festivals Played Australia:

  • The Big Day Out, East Coast Blues and Roots (of which last year John was given the honour to program and play the main stage), West Coast Blues and Roots, Falls, Southbound, Homebake


Festivals Played Internationally:

  • Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock Festival, Lollapalooza, St.Gallen, Belfort, Isle Of Wight, Union Of Soul and many more.
  • JBT have become favourites at iconic festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, and Coachella where Bruce Fessier of USA Today said "John Butler revealed himself to be arguably the finest guitarist at Coachella Festival".


Overseas Success:

  • Sold out headline performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre Colorado (8500 – the band’s largest headline performance anywhere in the world) and Summer Stage New York City (5500)
  • Performances on Letterman and Leno shows.
  • Played main stage at Glastonbury, New Orleans jazz fest, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Fuji Rock Festival and sold over 8000 tickets to their last shows in Paris.
  • Possibly the biggest touring Australian rock artist in the world!
  • The Washington Post praised ‘Grand National’  “sauntering boogies with an affinity for hip-hop beats” and Rolling Stone Magazine said “Melody, Subtlety, Authenticity. Sophistication… Butler at his brand new best, blending his influences into a sound that is all his own…a hip shaking rollicking good-time album, proof that John Butler is ready to take things to that next level…”
  • The Times – LONDON commends the live performance during the international release of ‘April Uprising’
    “At the end Luiters and Butler commandeered a cluster of floor-toms and with Bomba leading the way, they embarked on a tightly scripted and thrillingly thunderous percussion tattoo. As with everything else about the show it was a superb piece of musicianship, executed for the entertainment of the audience rather than the gratification of the musicians.”
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