Jarrah/Atlantic recording group the John Butler Trio has announced details of their upcoming tour. The schedule begins April 28th at the House of Blues in New Orleans, with dates continuing through July 1, where the tour ends at Solarfest in Taos, New Mexico (see attached itinerary). The trek also includes a June 17th performance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN.
Throughout the tour, the JBT is partnering with CLIF Bar, a natural food company, and their GreenNotes campaign to promote environmental awareness -- blazing a trail of positive action by taking such environmentally conscious steps as using biodiesel to fuel their tour buses; offsetting the tour's CO2 emissions through the purchase of clean, renewable wind energy credits; using recycled paper and soy-based inks for printed materials; providing organic cotton merchandise options for fans; and minimizing the idling of tour buses. Further details can be found at www.clifgreennotes.com.
Last month, the John Butler Trio released "GRAND NATIONAL," which is quickly proving to be a worldwide sensation. The album debuted at #1 on the SoundScan New Artist Chart in the U.S., where the first single, "Better Than," is in the Top 5 at AAA Radio. The album also debuted at #1 in the trio's home country of Australia, and struck a Top 20 debut in France, and a Top 30 debut in Japan.
Co-produced by Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Jack Johnson, Super Furry Animals) and John Butler, "GRAND NATIONAL" sees the John Butler Trio further opening its already wide-ranging sonic playbook, offering surprising new points of entry for newcomers, as well as inviting its legion of established fans deeper into its worldly vision. Centered around Butler's virtuoso guitar stylings and powerful, progressive lyricism, tracks such as "Funky Tonight" and the laidback lead track, "Better Than," draw upon a remarkable variety of musical genres, spanning folk, blues, funk, classic rock 'n' roll, and beyond. Joining the JBT on this extraordinary journey is an array of special guests, including Butler's partner, Danielle Caruana, Vika and Linda Bull, and on keyboards, the one-and-only Money Mark Nishita.
Having already established himself as a major artist in his native Australia, Butler and his band made their initial North American impact with 2002's independently released "THREE." The group soon signed with Lava/Atlantic, which released "SUNRISE OVER SEA" in March 2005. The album drew critical acclaim for its expansive artistic fervor, as did the JBT's inspired and energetic live shows, including headline dates, tours alongside Dave Matthews Band, festival appearances at Bonnaroo and the celebrated New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and a landmark television performance on CBS-TV's "Late Show with David Letterman."
In the JBT's home country, "SUNRISE OVER SEA" proved nothing less than a phenomenon, achieving 5x-platinum certification and earning Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards for "Best Independent Release" and "Best Blues & Roots Album," with Butler named "Best Male Artist." In addition, the album's hit single, "Zebra," was named "Song of the Year" by the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA).
The John Butler Trio is: guitarist/vocalist John Butler, bassist Shannon Birchall and percussionist Michael Barker.
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
Summer Tour 2007
28 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
30 Mobile, AL Mobile Civic Center Theatre
2 Charleston, SC Music Farm
3 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
4 Atlanta, GA Roxy Theatre
5 Memphis, TN Beale St. Music Festival
22 Baltimore, MD Sonar
23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
24 New York, NY Webster Hall
27 Philadelphia, PA Jam on the River
30 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
31 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
1 Louisville, KY Headliner's
2 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
5 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
6 Milwaukee, WI Eagles
7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
9 Lawrence, KS Wakarusa Festival
12 Dallas, TX House of Blues
13 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
14 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
15 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
17 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
20 San Diego, CA 4th & B Theater
22 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
23 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
24 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
26 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
27 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
30 Denver, CO Red Rocks - E Town
1 Taos, NM Solarfest