John Butler Trio
The John Butler Trio releases a new single 'Funky Tonight' on April 30th 2007
The new album is the first in two years - since the genre-defying Australian combo's 2005 breakthrough, Sunrise Over Sea and is 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.
Centred around Butler's virtuoso guitar stylings and powerful, progressive lyricism, tracks such as the lead "Funky Tonight" and the laidback, "Better Than," draw upon a remarkable variety of musical genres, spanning folk, blues, funk, classic rock 'n' roll, and beyond. Joining the trio 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.
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