From Bowen Basin mines to a Nashville cafe stage
BRAD Butcher is about to perform one of the most coveted gigs in country music - at Nashville's iconic Bluebird Cafe.
The intimate listening venue has been well-known since 1982, but its popularity reached new heights recently as the setting of the popular television show Nashville.
Butcher, a central Queensland miner turned musician, first visited the cafe last year after the Americana Festival.
"We sat in the crowd at the Bluebird Cafe and watched a bunch of other Australian country artists perform,” he said.
"I hoped that one day I'd get the opportunity, but 12 months later it was given. I'm thrilled.”
Australian export music initiative Sounds Australia offered the opportunity, as part of this year's Americana Festival.
In light of his news, Butcher's friends haven't missed the opportunity to make jokes about the television show Nashville.
"To be honest I haven't seen the last few seasons, I've watched the first couple,” he said.
"Everyone makes a joke about a character when they hear I'm going.”
Butcher will perform at the Bluebird Cafe on September 20.
It's his only show date in the US, but he plans to write during the trip and has already lined up four co-writers.
Ideally, he'll finish writing the "other half” of the material he needs to record a new album.
"I'm aiming in the Americana genre - it's a real blend of country, rock and folk,” Butcher said.
This Friday, Butcher will release a music video for one new track, Lost Days, which talks about his struggles with anxiety.
Butcher put the call out on Facebook for fans who have also been affected to send in photos of themselves for inclusion in the video.
Almost 100 people responded to the call.
"If people can hear a little bit of themselves in the song... that's the point, to try and spread the message a bit,” he said.
As for returning to Mackay to perform live, the now Brisbane-based musician said something was "in the pipeline” for early next year.