Lindsay BUTLER OAM 2007

Lindsay Butler

1941 – Born on the 4th of March in Tenterfield NSW, where Lindsay was raised on his families dairy farm.

Like many aspiring artists and musicians of that era, he was invited to perform on the Athol McCoy show as it was passing through town.  Lindsay was then asked to tour with Athol and his wife Eileen in 1968.  That tour went all around Australia from missions to towns, cities to the outback and cemented the foundations for his career in country music.

1969 - Lindsay joined the Buddy Williams Show as Buddy’s lead guitarist touring all of NSW, Victoria and South Australia.  The following year Buddy offered Lindsay his national tour of Australia which travelled to the remotest areas of the country.  That same year he purchased the famous white Fender Jazzmaster guitar which established his trademark sound.

1971 - Recorded an EP with Ross Murphy’s Opal Records label from Tamworth.  This launched his recording career.

A couple of years later, Lindsay and good mate Norm Bodkin decided to move to Tamworth to become regular session musicians for Hadley Studios and Opal Records.

It was at this time Slim Dusty came to Tamworth looking for a guitar player as Barry Thornton was finishing with Slim’s show after a 20 year stint. This was the beginning of several years, touring and recording with Slim as a member of The Travelling Country Band.

1977 - Whilst on tour with Slim, Lindsay released his first LP ‘Slim Dusty Favourites’ and secured his first Golden Guitar win  for Instrumental of the Year with ‘Closest Thing To Freedom’.  This album was also the very first solo instrumental album to be released by an Australian country guitarist.

Lindsay also established a concurrent career as a Producer alongside his career as a musician.

1978 - He became the in-house producer at Ken Cameron’s CM Studio in Dubbo where his debut production was Stan Coster’s debut album ‘My People’.

1980 – Inducted into the Hands of fame.

1981 - He accepted a position as house producer for Hadley Studios, recording some of his best known albums for Hadley and Opal.

It was also around this time that Bill May and Lindsay designed the Lindsay Butler special Maton ‘Tamworth Guitar’.  Lindsay recorded his self-penned instrumental of the same title.   This instrumental became Lindsay’s signature tune and was also the title track of his new album released that year.

During this period he formed the ever-popular ‘Lindsay Butler Band’ with Harold Williams, Norm Bodkin, Geoff Clapson, Jazzer Smith and Stephan Bunz.  The band toured extensively throughout NSW and Qld providing the backing for many important concerts including The Golden Guitar Awards and The TSA National Salute Awards.

1988 - Lindsay folded the band to join The Slim Dusty Bicentennial Tour.  This show was taken to every major and regional city in Australia.

1989 - Lindsay’s last tour with Slim and was also when he played on his final Slim sessions including ‘West of Winton’ which won Slim his last Golden Guitar.

That year Lindsay introduced his LBS label to the country music scene and began devoting his time to promoting artists including Brian Letton.  This union became highly sought after on the country music and club circuit for many years to follow.

Whilst touring with Brian, Lindsay also continued to record albums in his new studio at Kootingal including a special instrumental album with long-time friend Barry Thornton.  The album ‘Buts ‘n’ Baz’ was one of the most popular country instrumental albums ever to be released.  Lindsay and Barry later recorded one with guitar mate Charley Boyter ‘The Legends of Country Guitar’ also for Selection Records and due to public demand Buts & Baz reunited to record Barry’s final album, released on LBS, appropriately titled - ‘Once More For The Road’.

Lindsay continued to tour Australia annually in tandem with his production commitments with many of today’s greats including Brian Young, Reg Poole and Rex Dallas and these days, tours with business partner and wife, Shaza Leigh, their musicians and son, Lachlan.

Though he has achieved so much, his love is still the music, the travelling and his family and he still thinks he’s a lucky man to make a living out of doing what he loves.

1991 - Golden Guitar for Producer of the Year.

1992 – Golden Guitar for Producer of the Year.

1993 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2005 – NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Musician of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Instrumental with “When the Rain Tumbles Down in July” with Laurie Minson.

2006 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Instrumental with “Ride the Sunlander”. Released the album “100 Not Out”, the 100th release on the LBS Label.

2007 – NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Musician of the Year. Elevated to the Roll of Renown.

2008 – NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Musician of the Year.

2008 - Award the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to country music as a performer, recording artist and producer.

2009 – NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Musician of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Instrumental with “Call of Spring”.

2015 – Released “Lindsay Butler Salutes the Roll of Renown Volume 1” album with the hits of some of the artists on the Roll of Renow.