John Butler Trio
The band’s second studio album, Three (2001) reached the top 30 in the Australian album charts and achieved platinum sales. The band’s subsequent studio albums: Sunrise Over Sea (2004); Grand National (2007); and April Uprising (2010) all debuted at the number one position on the Australian album charts, with all three albums reaching platinum sales status. Living 2001–2002 (2003), the band’s first live album, reached the top ten and also achieved platinum status in Australia. The band’s second live album, Live at St. Gallen (2005) also achieved gold record status. The band’s releases since 2002 have been marketed independently by Jarrah Records, which Butler co-owns with West Australian folk band The Waifs and manager of both acts, Philip Stevens.
In December 2012, John decided to put on a surprise concert for his fans in Perth. The unplugged acoustic show was announced a day before the performance and with only 300 seats available it sold out in under seven minutes. He shared many anecdotes with the audience and performed songs from his vast catalogue spanning across all five albums. Thus the “Tin Shed Tales” concept came to life, an acoustic solo tour of his homeland that offered a rare opportunity to hear the music of this iconic artist in a raw and intimate setting.