John Butler Trio Announces Album Details & North American Tour; Listen To Lead Single "Home"

 

"Butler is a road warrior. Battle-hardened, but enlightened from decades on the go. It’s this unusual ride which gave life to the new project...On it, Butler explores new channels of sound. The LP represents a “genuine creative leap,” with flourishes of electronic and hip-hop production and another dive into his deep well of folk and blues." - Billboard Magazine

Award-winning band, the John Butler Trio will release their forthcoming studio album HOME on September 28 via Nettwerk Records.

While continuing to create as a trio, this album was largely recorded and produced in a more solo format with long-time friend and producer Jan Skubiszewski and reflects the deeply personal, critical yet redemptive nature of the inner and outer worlds Butler was experiencing and observing during this latest chapter of his life.

“I’ve been dealing with anxiety on and off for ages. I hadn’t always been able to name it. It was in this fractured state that I started trying to wrangle this new mob of songs - wild horses I’d met over the last four years. Songs about family life, love, what it means to be a modern man and personal insights into dealing with my anxious projections. Songs have always been my friends. No matter what I’m going through they help me convey the things my heart feels but my brain is too afraid to say. But grappling with this herd in this state would prove uniquely tricky. As things turned out that journey would actually be critical in helping me deal with my shit. In the meantime though, I was lost and somehow I had to find my way home. There was no choice. Like that classic children’s book, ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ says; “Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Can’t go around it. MUST go through it,” says Butler.

“Throughout the years that it took to make this album, there were tears and frustration, confusion and chaos. But there was also family and friends, honesty and vulnerability, gardens and harvest, service and surrender. And in amongst it all, ultimately, there was joy,” says Butler. Adding, “It turns out that breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs if you’re willing to get under the hood and get your hands dirty.”

While exploring this inner world, Butler also traverses new sonic territory to combine his love of electronic and hip-hop production with folk and country instrumentation and songwriting traditions that have always inspired him. Partnering with Billboard to premiere, the title track “Home” represents a genuine creative leap. “Home” (out today) captures the emotional and sonic landscape that would become the bedrock of this album - a complex mesh of poignant lyrics, industrial rhythms and a grinding electronic soul. Dark and brooding, yet at the same time offering hope, this first musical taste pushes the envelope, digs deeper and explores the frustrations, vulnerabilities and tensions of modern life.

The John Butler Trio is guitarist/vocalist John Butler, bassist Byron Luiters and percussionist Grant Gerathy.

Tour Dates:

**Tickets on sale Friday 8/10 at 10AM local (Oakland, CA on sale on Friday 8/17 at 10AM PST)

Friday, 11/16  Washington DC @ Warner Theatre

Saturday, 11/17 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

Tuesday, 11/20 New York, NY @ The Beacon Theatre

Wednesday, 11/21 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

Friday, 11/23 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

Saturday, 11/24 Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre

Sunday, 11/25 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Tuesday, 11/27 Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater

Thursday, 11/29 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

Friday, 11/30 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

Saturday, 12/1 Pelham, TN @ The Caverns

Sunday, 12/2 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

Tuesday, 12/4 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen

Wednesday, 12/5 New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater

Friday, 12/7 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre

Saturday, 12/8 Houston, TX @ House of Blues

Sunday, 12/9 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Thursday, 12/13 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

Friday, 12/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater at Ace Hotel

Saturday, 12/15 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

Track List:

  1. Tahitian Blue
  2. Wade in the Water
  3. Just Call
  4. Running Away
  5. Home
  6. Miss Your Love
  7. Faith
  8. Coffee, Methadone & Cigarettes
  9. Tell Me Why
  10. Brown Eyed Bird
  11. You Don’t Have to Be Angry Anymore
  12. We Want More

Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/JBTHome

About John Butler Trio:

Centered around John Butler’s virtuoso guitar stylings and powerful, progressive lyricism, the band draws upon a remarkable variety of musical genres, spanning folk, blues, funk, classic rock ‘n’ roll, and beyond. The John Butler Trio made their U.S. debut with Three, the first of six albums to receive an American release. Back home, Three would reach Top 30 and achieve platinum sales. The band’s subsequent albums – Sunrise Over Sea, Grand National and April Uprising all debuted at #1 on the Australian album charts. John and the band have gone on to win five APRA awards and seven ARIA awards, including “Best Male Artist” in 2004 and “Best Blues & Roots Album” for 2014’s Flesh & Blood.

Press contact: 
Penny Palmer | ppalmer@nettwerk.com