jon c butler

Singer-songwriter Jon C Butler (aka John Butler) has been writing, recording and releasing albums since his band Diesel Park West released their hugely influential debut Shakespeare Alabama some 25 years ago.

The album received tremendous critical acclaim, and the band's sparkling Rickenbacker-jangling, West Coast rock was favourably compared to The Byrds, The Kinks, The Stones and Bruce Springsteen. However, it was Jon's song writing in particular that received the highest accolades with comparisons made to Ray Davies, Marriott-Lane, Pete Townshend and Neil Young.

Although this early acclaim didn't turn into noticeable success, the band played on, and Jon's songwriting and burgeoning solo career continued unabated. After all, a writer writes - it's just what they do!

With eight critically acclaimed Diesel Park West studio albums, three John Butler solo albums & numerous collaborative releases behind him, Universal Stranger is actually a debut album! It's the first to be released under the name Jon C Butler - the new moniker should arrest any further confusion between Jon and his Australian namesake.



... a great listen start to finish.
— Americana UK
... a Dylan-esque jangle mingles with hints of Memphis country soul troubadours as Butler channels his inner Springsteen.
— Barry Gruff
Butler has a rare talent that has gone unrecognised for too long.
— Rick Wilson [Record Collector]