Australia has always been a place of mystery to me. The gargantuan island/country seems almost fictional at times. Warm Christmases on the beach, a kangaroo population of 58.6 million, an accent reminiscent of the Brits yet at the same time wholly unique, and tribal roots that rival those of the Native Americans in antiquity. These indigenous roots are the backbone and inspiration of John Butler Trio. Around since '95, John Butler Trio is (obviously) headed by the dreadlocked, super chill, dashingly handsome guitar hero John Butler. Still maintaining bluegrass voice and lyrics, Butler brings a sense of funk to the folk genre. With definite rhythmic grooves underlying an often spunky guitar, this music is feel-good therapy. John's guitar solos are on another level though. His instrumental compositions are breathtaking (watch the posted video to get what I'm saying). My favorite song, though, is "What You Want," a rock gem that actually has no hint of folk in it at all. An anthem in its own right, I have no reservations in saying that it is one of my favorite songs of all time.
John Butler Trio is on tour now and their fourth album, Grand National, is on sale now. Check out the songs, and please, please watch the video. It'll blow your mind.