The Wall Came Down and Big Mac Beat the Communists.
The John Butler Trio may be the best kept secret outside of Austrailia, but don't worry their preparing for their first US tour later this month. JBT who just recently signed with Lava Records this past year after spending most of their time since 2002 with the independent label Jarrah Records. Jarrah Records whose primarily goal was to represent The Waifs and JBT's crossover to the US. JBT's first independent release, Three made its way to the United States in 2000. I can remember when my friend Dan first picked this CD up at Atomic Records and I was quite amazed by the finger picking John Butler. The native Austrailian sound that created a grassroots rock was simply stunning to my ears. This past spring, they released their first CD titled Sunrise Over Sea and have been on tour ever since. A small US tour was scheduled during the Spring and they played at numerous cities including opening up for Trey Anastasio this past March at The Rave. Their national tour has begun this past week and they have five highly anticipated shows with the Dave Matthews Band beginning at the end of the month in California. They will tour until mid-October also playing gigs at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and Austin City Limits Festival.
Here are two of my favorites from Sunrise Over Sea.