When John Butler strides onto the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for two special shows this February as part of his national tour to celebrate the release of his HOME album, it will be with an ARIA #1 Album award in hand after fighting off Cher and The Living End to take the crown on this week’s chart.
It’s a fitting accolade for Australia’s most successful independent musician to hit #1 for the first time since 2010’s ‘April Uprising’ in a year that has seen Australian independents take more #1 albums than ever before.
As one of the first artists of the modern era to prove that you can build an independent career on your own terms, it is yet another trailblazing moment made even more satisfying by the deeply personal and emotive content of the now-officially-hit album HOME.
“I can’t express how grateful I am to the Australian community of fans that went out and made this album number one,” said John Butler. “With so many massive artists releasing at the moment I really didn’t think we had a chance. I’m just absolutely awe-struck by the love this album is getting and the ever-strengthening relationship I have with my audience after almost two decades. WOW!!! Thank you times a million to all the fans and my amazing team.”
John Butler Trio’s victory lap will happen across January and February with shows across six states and territories, sharing the stage with good friend and fellow legend Missy Higgins, up and coming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly and special guests in each state including The Waifs, Dan Sultan, Baker Boy, The Teskey Brothers and more.
“These shows take on an even greater meaning to celebrate not only a #1 album, but also that my community of friends, fans and supporters have achieved this around an album that celebrates self-reflection, triumphs, anxieties, redemption and the lived experience of being human,” said John Butler. “I can’t wait to join Missy, Stella and our friends around the country to embrace our positivity and humanity.”
The album HOME is available now on CD, vinyl, download and streaming from: https://JohnButlerTrio.lnk.to/HOMEalbum
JOHN BUTLER TRIO
COMING HOME TOUR
All Shows with Missy Higgins except *
All Shows with Stella Donnelly except #
Friday 25 January – Wignalls Winery, Albany, WA – Also with Carla Geneve #
Saturday 26 January – Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA – Also with Carla Geneve #
Friday 01 February – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, WA
Thursday 07 February – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan
Saturday 09 February – A Day On The Green, All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 10 February – Stage 88, Canberra, ACT – Also with The Waifs
Thursday 14 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney NSW
Saturday 16 February – A Day On The Green, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NSW – Also with Dan Sultan
Sunday 17 February – Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour, NSW – Also with The Teskey Brothers
Wednesday 20 February – Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg, QLD *
Thursday 21 February – The Great Western, Rockhampton, QLD *
Friday 22 February – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD – Also with Special Guests *
Saturday 23 February – Tolosa Park, Hobart, TAS – Also with Baker Boy