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Band: John Butler Trio, Dustin Thomas
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St.,
Tickets: $31-$68.50, available at venue website, Mellow Mushroom (Mobile locations) or 1-866-777-8932

John Butler Trio’s first live show in the Mobile Bay area back in 2006 is still lauded by those who were there. This Australian band spent a warm, beautiful Sunday afternoon at Felix’s Fish Camp laying out their exotic roots rock for an adoring crowd. Since then many locals have been anticipating the trio’s return, and are about to get their wish.

John Butler Trio will play Soul Kitchen Dec. 4 for an evening filled with such hits as “Better Than,” “Zebra” and “Used to Get High,” as well as new tracks from the album “Home.” The trio’s latest effort features songs that showcase the band’s maturity since their “Grand National” days.

The band has also embraced modern production elements throughout this album. Butler’s guitar licks still shine with his intricate finger work pumping out a striking mix of rock, blues and bluegrass. While profound emotion courses through this album, the live context should provide a fresh translation.

Dustin Thomas joins John Butler Trio on this tour run. Thomas evokes a number of musical influences and channels them through his acoustic. Falling somewhere between SOJA and Jack Johnson, Thomas’ beautiful, crowd-pleasing mix of reggae, folk, hip-hop and roots rock should please the Soul Kitchen crowd.