John Butler Trio, Plymouth Pavilions, Saturday, May 3
Aussie troubadour John Butler has come a long way, both literally and musically, since he started busking on the streets of Fremantle, Australia back in the mid-1990s. Almost two decades of global touring and five studio albums have delivered the man and the changing faces who make up his trio to a place where they are cited as a major influence by a myriad artists emerging from the current folky, bluesy acoustic explosion.
Now one of Australia’s biggest stars, vocalist and guitarist John returns to the Westcountry for the first time since playing on the beach stage at Lusty Glaze in Newquay three years ago. He comes armed with sixth album Flesh & Blood, an accomplished collection which showcases perfectly the trio’s talent for mixing up the old and new from Appalachian folk to funk, rock and hip-hop beats.
John hopes fans will take it with them on their journey: “I hope it can be there for them at the ebb of their energy wave and at the crest of it. In the loud times and the quiet times.”
Support comes from US singer songwriter Brett Dennen, who injects his thoughtful country ballads with charming old-soul sensitivity.