John Butler teams up with Missy Higgins on tour, explains the making of ‘Home’ album
They started their careers together, now the John Butler Trio+ and new mum Missy Higgins team up on a national run behind the new JBT single Just Call and the forthcoming Home album.
Dan Sultan, The Waifs, The Teskey Brothers, Stella Donnelly and Baker Boy join in at different points of the tour.
On the trek, the Butler band is being referred to as JBT+ because it involves an expanded five-piece line-up.
Says Butler, “Just Call is an earnest love song I’ve had for 13 years which I was finally able to finish in these sessions.
“This is the story of how I found my best friend and partner, out in a small town in the middle of nowhere, in a world of 7 billion people.”
Home is released globally on September 28, and mirrors the emotional ups and downs in Butler’s life in the past four years.
“What you’re hearing is the destination but getting here felt like an odyssey; some rite of passage that I couldn’t go around, couldn’t go over, couldn’t go under; I had to go through,” Butler says.
“This album is my most personal work yet and it feels like taking it on the road to connect with fans directly is the final act of delivering this body of work.
“This album touches on the anxieties and demons I’ve been grappling with since the last album, but it’s also full of joy, hope and redemption, and I’m looking forward to conveying the stories and passion of all of this journey one on one live with fans.”
North American audiences heard previews of Home during a recent run there, including the sold-out show at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The Trio will play one concert at The Caloundra Music Festival on album release weekend, prior to heading off around the world, before returning in January and February.
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