Hit The North

Published in Billboard Magazine


From busking on the streets of Fremantle, Western Australia, to playing the main stages on the northern hemisphere’s summer festival circuit, it’s been a remarkable journey for singer/songwriter/guitarist John Butler.

The frontman of the multiplatinum John Butler Trio returns this year with a new album and lineup, plus an expanded international strategy. Butler’s first album in three years, “April Uprising”—the first with new bassist Byron Luiters and drummer Nicky Bomba—rolls out internationally after its March 24 Australian/Japanese release. Butler’s label, Jarrah Records, has struck a joint-venture deal with ATO Records for an April 6 North American release, with a European release following April 5 through Paris-based indie Because Music. The album will appear in Japan on indie P-Vine.

“We feel very confident this album will elevate John Butler Trio’s career to new levels around the world,” band manager Philip Stevens says.

The trio plays North American showcases Feb. 10-20; the European leg of the April Uprising tour begins April 8 in Dublin and runs through May 1. Summer festival dates will follow. John Butler Trio is booked by Paradigm (North America), Helter Skelter (Europe/Japan) and Jarrah (Australia). Publishing is with Butler’s own Family Music (Australia), Chrysalis (United States) and Because Editions (Europe).