Downtown is proud to announce the signing of Australian songwriter John Butler, lead singer and guitarist for the John Butler Trio, and one of the country’s most impactful independent musicians.
“I’m stoked to start this new era with Downtown Music Publishing. I’m really looking forward to working with all the talented team and sharing my new album Home as far and wide as possible. A definition of “luck” I once heard from a colleague goes something like this: luck is when preparedness meets opportunity — so good luck to us all!” - John Butler
Downtown Music Publishing has signed a multi-territory administration deal with John Butler for more than 100 compositions from the John Butler Trio’s chart-topping, critically-acclaimed catalog, including unreleased material. Their recently-dropped seventh studio album, Home, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts — making it the group’s fourth No. 1 album, following 2004’s Sunrise Over Sea, and sixth in the top 10.
The California-born, Australian-bred songwriter has been called a “fearsome” guitarist and vocalist by Billboard, and is praised for his philanthropic work through the Seed Fund — which he co-founded to support Australian artists — as well as his extensive environmental activism. The band has also received multiple awards, including APRA’s Song of the Year for “Zebra” and ARIA’s Best Male Artist in 2004, as well as Blues & Roots Work of the Year for “Only One” in 2014.
John Butler Trio is currently on tour in the UK, with dates to follow in Europe, US, Canada, and Australia, playing at the iconic Sydney Opera House forecourt. Stella Donnelly and The Teskey Brothers, also both recent signings to Downtown, will join the tour in Australia.