Singer song-writer Brad Butcher took the hard road to a career in music. But with two singles from his forth-coming self-titled debut album now selling, it’s time for the boy from country Queensland to hit the long-road and tour.

Butcher had kept his folk-rock guitar tunes all to himself. That was until an intelligent friend rescued him from a sweltering-hot Queensland coal mine by suggesting he send some demos to producer/engineer Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray/Busby Marou).

Having produced Pete Murray, Lycenko must have seen the similarities between the two reluctant stage performers. Both Butcher and Murray came from similar backgrounds. Both first attempted careers as rugby league players before injuries forced them out of the sport. Both musicians were slogging away in hard labour jobs and only playing their guitars in private until pushed by friends who recognised their talents.

Butcher has since gone on to be a finalist in this years’ QMA and MusicOz awards for his songwriting, and has toured with Busby Marou, played Big Sound and The Gympie Muster and supported Pete Murray and Mark Seymour.

The second single off his album, to be released later this month, “Conversations and Complications” has started find its way onto radio station playlists. His self-titled debut will be released on October 25, and Butcher will play a string of shows throughout Queensland to launch the album.

Thursday October 25th – Mackay Convention Centre, Mackay, with Shortfall

Friday October 26th – Studio 2 Nightclub, Rockhampton, with Shortfall

Wednesday November 7th – The Tribal Theatre, Brisbane, with Sue Ray

BY Callan Lawrence