With the great success of the new John Butler Trio Album (Review) , I thought it would be a good idea to poat about his old tune called Zebra, the tune that first put him on the musical map commercially. One thing about John Butler’s music that sets him apart from many other players his his ability to appeal to the alternative rock audiebces as well as the commercial market and the roots and blues audience. His concerts are currently selling out pretty fast in Europe.
Recently I’ve been looking at the idea of playing a Blues version of Sunshine of Your Love the classic Cream song. I had a look around to see whether anyone had done anything musical and interesting with the tune. Amongst what I found was Eric Clapton doing an acoustic version and I thought it would be of interest to readers. He hasn’t moved too far from the original but I must say it is a lot better than what I’ve heard in the music shops for the last 40 years.
Also of Note, the new John Butler Trio album will be out next week or so, I’ll be listening to it today and doing a review in the next day or so.
Acoustic Guitar Tutorial of How to Play John Butler’s – One Way Road.
It’s played on a National guitar on his lap, it is in G Major tuning DGDGBD and he uses a slide, with a mix of strumming and harmonics. This is a fantastic tutorial, complete with lounge chair
The right hand is finger picked and at a quick glance the underlying structure of the chords is G D E5 C, in the mid section it has sort of an a Am and Bm type of sound to it, the chords aren’t necessarily all played but are implied.. There’s some great riffs in it that are built around a G pentatonic scale with a little bit of a Bluegrass texture to it.
Here’s a link to the One Way Road tutorial in a larger size video John Butler One Way Road
Also note that new John Butler Album will be out very soon.
Here’s Part 3 of my series on Acoustic Guitar Players
Loren is an Australian musician who comes from Western Australia and now lives on the beauty NSW North Coast. He plays an acoustic style that falls into the category of Roots these days, to me that means acoustic, not overly commercial with a flavour of folk rock blues reggae and anything else that has an edge to it that has the ooccassioal dreadlock. I first encountered him when he was playing acoustic gigs in the local area and I was immediately struck by his musicality. Later I found out he had recorded a number of albums and had quite a following throughout other parts of Australia.
What struck me about Loren was his ability to keep peoples attention in a live situation. He manages to step in and out of styles and textures like no-one I have ever seen and keep the audience focus. A lot of musicians, regardless how great they are, seem to exhaust themselves musically after a number of tunes if they are doing solo material. I could listen to him play for hours and not be tired of what he does, this in itself is quite a statement because even if a good movie goes for anything over an hour and 12 minutes, I’m out of the room.
Loren tours and performs regularly throughout Australia with a band call The Grow Your Owns and has also done a couple of Tours of New Zealand, quite a number of people have heard of him through listening to the JJJ radio station.
Here’s what John Butler
“Loren sweet, gentle voice accompanied by relaxed melodically plucked guitar written by a man with a heart of gold.
I¹ve watched Loren play a few times and am always inspired by how effortless the music is.”
To check out Loren’s site go to Loren and the Grow Your Owns
Here’s Guitar Player Part 2 about Norman Savitt