John Butler Changes Trio Again
2009-03-29 by Davey Boy STAFF | 16 Comments

John Butler is set to part ways with his current bandmates to make way for a new "Trio" line-up.

Drummer Michael Barker and bass player Shannon Birchall have been part of John Butler Trio for the past six years and have constantly toured and recorded with Butler during that period.

In a press release, Butler said that "Michael and Shannon have been by far the best line-up I have performed with in the John Butler Trio to date." He cites purely artistic reasons for the split.

Barker and Birchall will play their last gigs as part of the trio in April before Butler heads back into the studio to record his fifth studio album.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2009

20857 Comments


Hmmm, I'm unsure this is the right move. These 2 guys were darn good.

ohcleverhansyou
March 29th 2009

885 Comments


That makes me very sad. Hopefully John knows what he's doing. At least there will be a new CD coming up...eventually.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
March 29th 2009

4927 Comments


broband

badtaste
March 29th 2009

824 Comments


Obligatory 'John Butler needs a shower' joke post.

LegalDuck
March 29th 2009

64 Comments


Hope there's no dip in quality. This is one of my favourite bands

Jim
March 30th 2009

5110 Comments


yeah read this sometime last week

i honestly don't think it will make much of a difference

taylormemer
March 30th 2009

4917 Comments


Yeah, he already changed drummers between Three and its follow up and there was no descernable defect. They were arguably one of the best rhythm sections in AusRock, so we'll see what eventuates.

upagainstthewall
March 30th 2009

838 Comments


I think this is a very silly move on behalf of John Butler. I agree with you Legalduck, the quality better be up to standards on his next album

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 30th 2009

20857 Comments


Hey, I just thought of something... Maybe he'll grab the Wolfmother guys! Haha.

upagainstthewall
March 30th 2009

838 Comments


haha now that would be quality viewing.


zuzek
March 30th 2009

750 Comments


Ouch. Mike and Shannon were great at what they did, it's a real shame to see them split with John. Like ohcleverhansyou said, I hope he knows what he's doing.

dub sean
March 30th 2009

980 Comments


damn. I don't doubt JB's decision-making though, especially after Grand National.

ohcleverhansyou
March 30th 2009

885 Comments


The rhythm section had a lot to do with that being such a good CD.

CushMG15
March 30th 2009

1802 Comments


Band is beastly live, i'm curious to see what happens.

Squamish
March 30th 2009

84 Comments


hmmmmm

matrixx333
April 16th 2009

53 Comments


*bites finger nails nervously*



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