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
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.
Brad Butcher has released his second album, Jamestown.