After the success of the likeable single “Believer” in late 2014, Brad Butcher is kicking of the new year with the release of his second record Jamestown along with the announcement of an Australian tour through March/April 2015.
It’s the simple things in life that have led Butcher to the making of Jamestown. A true Renaissance man at heart, Butcher always yearned to create. He grew up humming to the sounds of his mother play Bach and Beethoven on the family piano and spent his nights writing songs on his hand-me-down guitar. But for the central Queensland country kid, the dream of making it in the music business seemed impractical. Butcher soon accepted a job as a cabinetmaker. He took to the manual labor well, working ten hour days, only stopping when his boss turned away. Still he spent many sleepless nights discovering his passion for songwriting and wondering if he was on the right path. Pretty soon, cabinetry led to the confines of the coal mines which offered him the time to focus on his music.
For over a decade, Butcher kept his voice and his songs largely to himself, privately honing a singer/songwriter style that mixes the working class grit with tender expression. In 2012, he released his acclaimed self-tilted debut album, which earned him a showcase at BIGSOUND, Australia’s foremost international music conference.
Butcher, along with Grammy-award winning songwriter/producer Marc Swersky, explored new themes as they wrote prolifically for Jamestown. Drawn to American country roots music, Butcher decided the best way to achieve his vision was to board a flight to America. Jamestown was recorded at Shorefire Recording Studios in New Jersey, (a true vintage gear playground) and produced by Swersky who also played bass on the record. The album was cut live over a period of seven days and features a group of seasoned musicians including: Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & The Wings), Rich Hinman (Rosanne Cash, Sara Bareilles), Richard Causon (Ryan Adams), & Lorenza Ponce (Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi). The majority of songs on the record were first or second takes, helping to create a dusty, raw, 70’s vibe.
Jamestown centres around themes of travel and the contrasting lifestyle of a fly-in fly-out worker who always has home in his heart and a guitar close to hand. At the core of it all though is an uncomplicated country bloke striving to connect, inspire and remain true.
Jamestown will be released independently on March 27 2015. It has a lot of appeal. Here’s “Believer”.
‘JAMESTOWN’ ALBUM TOUR
27th March, 2015 -Brisbane, QLD – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
28th March, 2015 – Gold Coast, QLD – Currumbin Creek Tavern
29th March, 2015 – Mooloolooba, QLD – TAPS
9th April, 2015 – Cairns, QLD – 12 Bar Blue
23rd April, 2015 – Sydney, NSW – Frankies Pizza by the Slice
24th April, 2015 – Goulburn, NSW – Goulburn Club
25th April, 2015 – Canberra, ACT – Smiths Alternative
7th May, 2015 – Melbourne, VIC – The Grace Darling
8th May, 2015 – Ballarat, VIC – Babushka Bar
21st May, 2015 – Adelaide, SA – Grace Emily
22nd May, 2015 – McLaren Vale, SA – The Singing Gallery
23rd May, 2015 – Launceston, TAS – Royal Oak Hotel
24th May, 2015 – Hobart, TAS – The Homestead
Read about the second album Jamestown from Brad Butcher