John Butler (album)

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John Butler
John Butler Self Titled.jpg
Studio album by The John Butler Trio
Released 27 December 1998
Recorded Studio Couch, Fremantle
Genre Roots
Length 64:08
Label Independent/MGM Distribution
Producer John Butler
The John Butler Trio chronology
Searching for Heritage
(1996)Searching for Heritage1996
John Butler
(2000)JBT EP2000

John Butler is the first full-length album by the John Butler Trio, released 27 December 1998.

It was recorded at Studio Couch, Fremantle and engineered by George Nikoloudis and Shaun O'Callaghan, mixed by Shaun O'Callaghan and George Nikoloudis and mastered by Shaun O'Callaghan and Richard Mahony at Studio Couch and Toad Hall.

All music and lyrics were written, arranged and produced by John Butler, except for the words of the chorus in "Colours" which were from Sly and the Family Stone.[1]

With Jason McGann on drums and Gavin Shoesmith on bass, the first version of the group recorded the album in December 1998 which was launched at Mojos Bar in North Fremantle.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Butler,[2] except where noted.

John Butler
No. Title Length
1. "Valley" 8:34
2. "Inspiration" 5:18
3. "Busted" 7:40
4. "Sista" 3:18
5. "Ocean" 12:28
6. "Colours" (the words of the chorus are from Sly and the Family Stone[1]) 9:05
7. "Crazy" 5:29
8. "Keeper" 5:00
9. "Under an Indian Sky" 7:39
Total length: 64:08

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 27 December 1998 Independent CD JB-002
13 November 2000 MGM Distribution JBT001


  • John Butler - resonator [Dobro] guitar, guitar [11 string], vocals
  • Gavin Shoesmith - bass guitar and double bass
  • Jason McGann - percussion


  • Arrangements, Artwork, Producer - John Butler
  • Artwork [Design, Layout] - Peter Nicol
  • Engineer, Mixer - George Nikoloudis, Shaun O'Callaghan
  • Mastering - Richard Mahony, Shaun O'Callaghan
  • Photography [Disc Pic] - Tony Gajewski
  • Photography [Photos Of John Butler's Art Pieces] - Danny Khoo


  1. ^ a b "John Butler > Credits". allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2010.