Already a musical phenomenon in Australia, John Butler Trio makes its American major label debut on March 15 with Sunrise Over Sea on LAVA Records. The albums' 13 tracks reflect Butler's unique musical hybrid of blues, folk, reggae, country, funk, rock and hip-hop. Along with Butler, the Trio is made up of Nicky Bomba on drums and Shannon Birchall on upright bass.
"This is a real band and a real album... the three obviously connect on many emotional levels to play this well together, and the album succeeds as a whole. It's more than just a collection of songs," said Dye.
"The diversity on this album is especially impressive," added Dan Reed, WXPN music director. "Whether it be the beautiful, grandiose, Zeppelin-esque swagger of 'What You Want' or the syncopated pop of 'Zebra,' John Butler Trio pulls it off with confidence."
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