3 A sprawl­ing John But­ler acous­tic set

mu­sic | John But­ler Trio | Nov. 25, Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall

Toronto Life - - Culture -

A man of many mu­si­cal tal­ents, John But­ler has an un­usual reper­toire when it comes to in­stru­ments. He has been known to per­form with har­mon­i­cas, ban­jos, ukule­les and, most fa­mously, his cus­tom-made 11-string acous­tic gui­tar. It’s no sur­prise that his ver­sa­til­ity as a soloist trans­fers over to his band, the John But­ler Trio. Their un­clas­si­fi­able sound—a buf­fet­style spread of rock, reg­gae, Celtic and blue­grass—is best heard live, where But­ler’s truly in­no­va­tive in­stru­men­ta­tion shines bright­est. With the Septem­ber re­lease of Home—the band’s first al­bum in nearly five years—you can ex­pect to hear new synth-in­fused tracks along­side But­ler’s sprawl­ing acous­tic sta­ples.

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