Meet the musos: Brad Butcher
Central Queensland-born Brad Butcher has a singer-songwriter style that mixes the working-class grit of Springsteen with the tender expression of Ray LaMontagne. In 2012, he released his acclaimed self-tilted debut album, which earned him nominations for a range of Australian and international songwriting awards, as well as supports and guest appearances alongside Busby Marou, Bill Chambers, Mark Seymour and Pete Murray.
Ahead of his gig as part of City Sounds, Brad recently took some time for a bit of Q&A and to talk about his new album, Jamestown. You can see and hear him play this Friday 26 February in front of Wintergarden at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
Tell us a little bit about your new album Jamestown. Do you have a favourite song on the album?
Each song on Jamestown means something different to me and to try and select one song would be like trying to pick which of your kids is your favourite. I really enjoy playing Two Women and Jamestown with the band. They have elements of rock, blues and folk and they're fun to get inside of. Every song on Jamestown has a deeper meaning for me and a connection with someone or something, and I'd hope that the listener can relate to in their own way. That's the beauty of a song, it can translate to everybody differently and draw on a memory or dream - past, present or future - and hopefully have a positive and long-lasting effect.
What has been your career highlight so far?
There's been a few highlights to date. While on tour through North America and Canada back in 2013, I performed live on Canada AM, Canada's No.1 breakfast television program. That was a nerve-racking but thrilling experience.
I've been very lucky and honoured to receive over 20 songwriting award nominations in the past three years, which I take great pride in. Although I'm still yet to win one, it's nice to know I'm on the cusp and the songs are getting people's attention.
Who is your favourite artist?
Again it's tough to pick just one. I have favourite songwriters more so than artists, like Rodney Crowell, John Moreland, John Prine, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell.
What’s your ultimate goal for your career in music?
My ultimate goal is to simply make a living off my music. It may seem like a modest goal but it's been my goal from day one and it's still my driving focus. I'm not after great wealth or fame, I want to make a living doing what I love and that's songwriting and performing those songs to appreciative audiences.
How do you rate the City Sounds program?
The City Sounds program is a fantastic idea. From a musician's point of view, it's a perfect opportunity to perform and share our music with a wide variety of people throughout Brisbane. From the public's point of view, it's a free showcase of what Brisbane musicians have to offer. It works hand-in-hand with local shops, tourism and creating a great environment for people to have a great time while in Brisbane.
If you could to a duet with any artist, who would it be and what would you sing?
I'd would love to have been a member of the Rat Pack for a day and been able to sing with Frank Sinatra. Hard to say which song, but there's a great duet that Frank and Bing Crosby sang called Well, Did You Evah from the movie High Society (1957).
What is your favourite spot in Brisbane to:
Eat - Fat Dumpling, Fortitude Valley
Play - Call me old-fashioned but I love an ice-cold beer at the New Farm Bowls Club. To catch a gig, it's hard to beat the quality of sound at The Triffid in Newstead.