JOHN BUTLER Solo Show…RECAP (part 2) with audio

All audio from John Butler (sans trio) performance April 22, 2008, San Francisco, The Fillmore.  

Well, first I missed the opener, Mama Kin, because I’m always, always late. But that’s another story.

I did make it in time to see John come out and say hello, pay respect to the Native Americans and start the show with:

High For a Living

Then, John talked about asking his wife to marry him and told a little story about his father-in-law and then he sang:


Next, John introduced “Brother Michael” who came on stage with him for:

Treat Yo’ Momma

“Treat Yo’ Momma” went on for a long time and built really beautifully to a special treat. I thought it was great… I love the long, meandering guitar that sounds kind of Middle Eastern or something. The really cool quiet part..I loved it. The people TALKING really pissed me off and kinda killed my buzz for a while that night, but listening back I can enjoy the performance more…
Check it out:

Next song:

Thank You

And the crowd was really bad. I’m sorry, they were. I’ve seen reports from other fans who were there who said the crowd was very respectful. Um, no. At least not at this point. They were quite rude, actually. The good news is that the crowd did get much better later.


Good As Gone

Better Than

He chatted about why he learned Danny Boy (for his grandma)…

Danny Boy

And then came the surprise:


And “Spring” absolutely melted into:


Ocean had something like a 2 minute musical intro. And Ocean was, of course, fantastic. The feeling…the feeling of being in the crowd and just, I don’t know, being there in the music with so many other people…it’s just great. 14 minutes of joy.

*sigh* no recording can ever capture it just right…but do stay for the whole thing if you can…

There is nothing like the roar of that crowd after that song ends…the overall live experience is something not to be missed…

Now he brings our Mama Kin to sing with him:

Mellow Mood

Beau-t-ee-ous. 🙂 Ya, mon.

Goodbye Mama Kin, hello again Brother Michael and here comes the coolest version of:

Gov Did Nothin

Loved the piano…

The crowd was feelin’ good by now and the room was loving it.

This is a good time being had by many, many people:

Pick a Part


Call and response fun!

Fire in the Sky

We need to heal all this pain so we can live again…



Losing You

A duet with Mama Kin. I love this song. That is all.

Funky Tonight

…and another great John Butler show comes to an end…

Part 3 will be along in a bit with a flac download of my recording if anyone should want it…please be patient!


6 Responses to “JOHN BUTLER Solo Show…RECAP (part 2) with audio”

  1. 1 moonshadow
    April 30, 2008 at 3:07 am

    T&Jam, Thank you so much for bringing this music to us. You. Rock.
    My favorite JBT songs are “Zebra”, “Losing You”, and “Fire In The Sky”. For me, FITS is very healing. The acoustic version is amazing. Who’da thought it?!

  2. 2 tandjam
    April 30, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Moonshadow, I wish you were there. It was cool.

    I’ll tell you, I was really surprised how John Butler solo and acoustic was just as exciting and moving as the Trio. Even more, in some ways…

  3. 3 moonshadow
    April 30, 2008 at 4:23 am

    I wish I were there, too!

    I have to say I always thought most of the energy in FITS came from the instruments. I was wrong. The acoustic version is every bit as powerful, if not more so. He seems to feel each and every word he sings….

  4. 4 eastonwest
    May 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    First time here.

    Thanks tandjam for the audio of this show. The clarity of the recording is great. It’s true, “Ocean”, live is definitely an experience which can’t be stated in words or audio.

    And, as for the rude crowd, we didn’t have that down in Anaheim when he performed there in November. Sorry you had to put up with that. Only thing worse than a “loud crowd”, is somebody in front of you standing (or even worse, standing on their seat!). John did get a little “pissy” at somebody who shouted out ,”Do Something Good” after just giving song after song of greatness. He had fun with that comment, and “called the guy” on it in a comical way. Then he went into “Caroline”, laughing at what he had just heard (cool moment!).

    Glad you had a good time. Wish there was a DVD concert of JBT in the works. There are a couple of them out there, but they are all region 4 and unplayable on U.S. dvd players.

  5. 5 tandjam
    May 2, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Hello, eastonwest…thanks for dropping by.

    I feel kind of bad that I complained so much about the crowd. Sometimes I feel…old. And grumpy.

    As for the standing or standing on chairs, I would take that over talking or yelling. At least the standers are listening to the show and participating… Why are the talkers even there?? Get the F out! Go to Starbucks or something.

    But to be fair, the crowd did get much quieter after a while…

  6. 6 tandjam
    May 26, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Download of this show can now be found HERE!

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