John Butler is many things to many people. To John's family he is a
much loved husband, father, brother, and son. To his ever growing fan
base it is purely about the musical journey, the groove of the Trio,
the soul of the guitar and the honesty and integrity of John's lyrics.
To emerging independent artists John is an inspiration and patron to
young acts struggling to establish themselves in an increasingly
difficult and diluted marketplace. For guitar players John has
reignited interest in open tunings, slide-playing and down-home tone,
and like his heroes singer/songwriter and slide great Jeff Lang and
multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Bob Brozman, John has provided the
motivation for many players to pick up the guitar, practice and get
deep. To people everywhere who believe in social equity, justice and
the human spirit John's words and actions have provided an audible,
considered, independent voice and energy to many legitimate and
universal concerns. For John however, the importance and focus has
always been at the source, his family, his commitment, a voice, a
guitar, a song, and the path they walk together. It is the bold ideal
that has been made into reality that makes John Butler's work
significant. The concepts of independence, artistic integrity and
ethical business practice have been proven not only achievable but
highly successful. John's ability to thrive independently with music
has provided a catalyst for new directions within the industry and an
inspiration for many artists and the way they approach their career.
Independent options are real and tangible.