ROAD TO SUC­CESS

Brad Butcher is not afraid of hard work, af­ter all, he’s a FIFO worker in the cen­tral Queens­land coal fields when he’s not mak­ing roots mu­sic

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Brad Butcher took the long way around to a ca­reer in mu­sic. Like most peo­ple in the cre­ative arts in Australia, he has to find a way to fol­low his dream and pay the bills.

Mu­si­cians find work in all kinds of fields, from graphic de­sign to teach­ing and wait­ing ta­bles. Butcher must be one of the few who is a fly-in fly-out worker in the cen­tral Queens­land coal fields. Bris­bane is his base as he es­tab­lishes a mu­sic ca­reer with the re­lease of his sec­ond al­bum, Jamestown. Butcher played in a band in Mackay be­fore mov­ing to Bris­bane and re­leas­ing a well-re­ceived de­but al­bum in 2012.

“I didn’t know about the mu­sic busi­ness and when the al­bum came out, I re­alised I had stepped into this deep pool when I still had to learn to swim,’’ Butcher says.

“The al­bum opened a few doors but the big­gest thing I learnt from it is ev­ery­thing that goes on out­side the mak­ing of an al­bum, putting a band to­gether to tour, putting a tour sched­ule to­gether and all the other things you have to do to be pro­fes­sional.’’

Butcher has toured Australia, Canada and the US, where he met Amer­i­can song­writer/pro­ducer Marc Sw­er­sky, who has won two Gram­mys as a song­writer. Jamestown was recorded at his stu­dio in New Jer­sey.

“Marc’s more of a men­tor than any­thing else. I knew if I wanted to make the best record I could, I had to go there and work with the great mu­si­cians he put to­gether.’’

Butcher grew up in Dysart in cen­tral Queens­land lis­ten­ing to singer-song­writ­ers like Cat Stevens and James Tay­lor and coun­try singer Garth Brooks.

“Land­ing in coun­try mu­sic was an ac­ci­dent but as I get older I lean more to coun­try mu­sic be­cause that’s what I en­joy any­way, lis­ten­ing to the story in a song.’’

Butcher, a one-time rugby league player, is lead­ing a 1000km char­ity bike ride in Au­gust from Mackay to the Gympie Muster, rais­ing money for Be­yond Blue.

Brad Butcher, Lou Bradley, Jack Pater­son and Steve Grady, Cur­rumbin Creek Tav­ern, Satur­day.

Pic­ture: RIC FREARSON

Brad Butcher has re­leased his sec­ond al­bum, Jamestown.

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