John Butler Trio - Three CD

Fueled by Butler's distinctive, earthy slide and finger-picked guitar, and vocals that recall Dave Matthews at his most urgent, the trio (Rory Quirk on bass and Jason McGann on drum round out the outfit) breathes some welcome fire into their sound on the 10 cuts here. Butler's gritty muse is by turns Delta savvy and Outback exotic (with the haunting, ringing tones of his open-tuned fretwork occasionally seasoned by didgeridoo), often building into powerful soundquakes that stand the hippie-blues ethos of the genre firmly on its head. Butler's forceful guitar tones underscore his romantic dedication ("Betterman"), commitment to antiviolence ("Attitude"), environmental concerns ("Earthbound Child"), and general outrage at the modern world ("Money," "Media") with equal fervor, building a compelling argument that one of the most powerful forces in rock remains a world-wise guitarist with talent in his fingers and fire in his belly.

1. Betterman mp3
2. Attitude mp3
3. Pickapart mp3
4. Money mp3
5. Believe mp3
6. Media mp3
7. Earthboundchild mp3
8. Take mp3
9. Life Ain't What It Seems mp3
10. Don't Understand mp3

Released July 2002